Pennsylvania American Water Taps Kids’ Creativity with Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest

  Pennsylvania American Water Taps Kids’ Creativity with Annual “Protect Our
  Watersheds” Art Contest

     Contest marks 11^th year of student artwork focused on environmental
                                 stewardship

Business Wire

HERSHEY, Pa. -- January 22, 2013

Pennsylvania American Water announced today that entries are now being
accepted for its 11th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. All
fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students in schools served by Pennsylvania
American Water are eligible, as well as individual students who live in the
company’s service area. The contest encourages students to draw on their
artistic talents to convey the importance of protecting Pennsylvania’s
watersheds and water resources.

This month, Pennsylvania American Water is mailing contest applications to
teachers in nearly 500 schools in its service territory. Winners will be
selected based on creative vision, artistic talent, understanding of watershed
protection and the ability to communicate that understanding. As part of their
entry, students must write a brief narrative on the personal impact of
watershed protection.

“In celebrating the art contest’s 11^th year, we are proud of how it taps into
children’s imagination and creativity to instill the importance of
environmental stewardship,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy
L. Pape. “We’ve seen participation grow year after year as more teachers,
parents and students use the contest as a learning opportunity to understand
how humans can positively and negatively impact our watershed and drinking
water sources.”

The deadline for artwork submissions is March 29, 2013. Contest guidelines and
entry forms are available on the company’s Web site at
www.pennsylvaniaamwater.com.

In 2012, the company received more than 800 entries from students across the
state. The grand prize winner was Samuel Kagle of Chartiers Valley
Intermediate School in Bridgeville, Allegheny County.

In total, six students will be recognized, with a first-, second- and
third-place winner selected from eastern and western Pennsylvania. First-place
winners will be rewarded with a $100 gift card to Barnes & Noble. Two second-
and third-place winners will be awarded a $50 and $25 gift card, respectively.

In addition, the overall grand prize winner will have her/his artwork featured
on “Bloomer” cards distributed by Pennsylvania American Water. Bloomer cards
are seed-filled packets that, when planted and tended, produce a variety of
wildflowers. All entrants will receive a Watershed Champion certificate.
Awards will be presented in May as part of National Drinking Water Week
activities.

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is
the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable
water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded
in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company
employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in
more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found
by visiting www.amwater.com.

Contact:

Pennsylvania American Water
Western Pennsylvania:
Gary Lobaugh
T: 724-873-3674
M: 724-944-5148
gary.lobaugh@amwater.com
or
Eastern/Central Pennsylvania:
Terry Maenza
T: 610-670-7789 ext. 1009
M: 610-849-6484
terry.maenza@amwater.com
 
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