By Toni Stauffer
The Russell County Soil and Water Conservation District held their annual dinner April 23 to honor students who were winners in the poster and contest in the theme of “Life in the Soil, Dig Deeper.” Jessica Ascott, an Auburn University student intern for the Russell County Natural Resources Conservation Service, assisted with the program. The contest, which was open to all students in Phenix City/Russell County, had more than 200 posters and 20 essays entered. The first-place winners in each category will be competing on the state level.
“Programs like this, allow us to do more education and outreach, not only for the schools but a lot of times we see parents getting involved,” Ascott said. “It’s a great way for us to get our message of soil and water conservation out not only to the students but to the teachers and parents as well.”
Phenix City Mayor Eddie Lowe, Hurtsboro Mayor Vivian Covington, and Russell County Commissioner Peggy Martin attended and read the Soil and Water Stewardship Proclamation, proclaiming April 29-May 3 as Soil and Water Stewardship Week. The dinner was catered by Walter’s Catering and beautiful table arrangements were provided by Jandarella’s Garden center of Fort Mitchell.
Ascott said the program gets bigger every year with more participation from everyone, but that they’d like to see more public involvement and interest.