Only a few more opportunities remain for schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties to participate in the fourth annual School Rain Barrel Design Competition. The event will take place at the 2016 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center on April 16.
All K-12 schools, public and private, and all grades can participate. Teachers must register for the competition on www.ItMeansTheWorld.org by Feb. 13 or before the competition is filled, whichever comes first. Only one barrel allowed per school.
Participants will receive a rain barrel that they can paint or decorate with environmentally-friendly materials to illustrate an environmental theme.
Barrels will be judged by the visitors attending the Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on April 16 at the Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso.
Awards will be given in each of two categories: 1) Elementary and 2) Middle, intermediate and high school. Winners will receive classroom cash scholarships.
The competition is sponsored by the Recycling and Waste Reduction District of Porter County in cooperation with the Lake and LaPorte solid waste management districts and MS4 communities.
For more information, call 219-465-3819.