"Discover Our Island Shores" - Art Contest
The MRC has been working with local schools to share the educational film "Discover Our Island Shores," produced and directed by Dr. Florian Graner. This film was developed specifically for Island County students, and features species and habitats found in our local waters.
In addition to sharing the film with local schools, the MRC is hosting an art contest for students in grades 4-6. Students were asked to depict a marine plant or animal seen in the educational film "Discover Our Island Shores" and to answer the question "What will you do to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea?"
You can participate in the People's Choice award! The finalists from each grade are shown below. Click on the button below to vote for your favorite artwork and written answer for each grade level. Enjoy the beautiful and inspiring work from our local students!
Voting ends Friday, May 24.
Grade 4 Finalists
"The positive impact I will make on the Salish Sea is to recycle more often. I hate to see animals with plastic stuck around their necks, and probably you too, so everyone needs to try harder at putting plastic, paper, and aluminum in the recycle bin. If I put recyclable things in the trash, most of it will be floating around in the Salish Sea. I also might use the appropriate food waste for compost. But mostly, recycling is what I will do to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea."
"There are many different ways that I can make a positive impact on the Salish Sea. I can make a positive impact by picking up trash, glass, and plastic. If it is not picked up all that trash will go back into the Salish Sea. Mussels are on beaches of the Salish Sea, so instead of walking on them I can go around them to keep them protected. These are some positive impacts I can do for the Salish Sea and the organisms in it."
"There are many ways that I will try to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea. I will try to pick up trash that I see so that we don't have junk out in the ocean. My family and I really enjoy walking on the beach, and we see wrappers, bottles, cans, and plastic. Next time I go to the beach, I will bring a bag to pick up trash. I won't fish because then we will be killing all of those poor sea creatures! Animals are part of our ecosystem! They deserve to live!"
Grade 5 Finalists
"Research has shown that resident orca whales are endangered because of changes in their habitat, including a decline in their food supply. I can't supply the whales with more fish, but I can help keep the Salish Sea clean by picking up litter. Perhaps with a cleaner environment, the seals and fish that make up the orcas' diet can thrive. I hope that the Salish Sea will be healthy and beautiful for many, many years to come."
Grade 6 Finalists
"To make a positive impact on the Salish Sea I will learn about it and use that information to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea. I will also make sure to recycle whenever possible and not litter. Also, if I find litter I will pick it up and dispose of it properly so it will not get into the water."