Flood Control Authority offers contest
A short story contest for all students living in Rio Rancho, Bernalillo, and Corrales in fifth through eighth grades encourages youth to learn about an important issue in the region. Empty disposable drink bottles are one of the largest problems in area flood-control facilities managed by SSCAFCA, the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority. The bottles frequently collect in area dams and detention ponds, where they float during rain events and clog these facilities, resulting in frequent and costly clean-up efforts.
The contest, “Plastic Pete’s Journey” is designed to help students learn about the resources used to make the billions of plastic bottles used in the United States each year, as well as the many benefits of recycling them.
To enter, students are required to write an original short story of at least 250 words, up to a maximum of 1,000 words, demonstrating what they have learned about the stages in the cycle of a water bottle’s life. Stories might tell, for example, the journey of crude oil and its processing into a bottle named Plastic Pete, or how a baseball player recycled his drink bottle, allowing Plastic Pete to become a new product such as a plastic waffle-ball set. Illustrations or photographs are optional.
Four divisions for students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8 will be held. Public, private, and home-school students are all eligible. Stories must include the student’s name and grade, the name of their school, and teacher, and a contact telephone number for their teacher or parent.
Each student who enters a story will receive a reusable aluminum drink bottle. Judges will select the top story in each group and those stories will be published in the Rio Rancho Observer. Additional prizes will be available.
Entry deadline is Friday, December 2. Stories may be dropped off and the bottles picked up at either the SSCAFCA office at 1041 Commercial Drive SE, near Southern and Unser; Rio Rancho City Hall’s Parks and Recreation office, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE; the Rio Rancho Public Schools District Office, 500 Laser Road; or at the Rio Rancho Observer office, 1594 Sara Road in Rio Rancho.