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Writing, art contests open to students

The St. Croix Valley Interstate Group of the Sierra Club announces a writing and art contest for students in the Hudson and River Falls areas in observance of the third annual Endangered Species Day, May 16.

For the writing contest, students in grades 3-12 are invited to submit original written work about why a specific Wisconsin song bird, or other non-predatory bird or these birds in general, are important and why it's important to protect them. The essays should be between 300-700 words. A professional writer will judge the entries for three grades levels: 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Written work can be emailed to or dropped off at the Hudson or River Falls public libraries by May 12.

For the art contest, students in grades 3-12 may submit original drawings or paintings no larger than 2 feet by 2 feet. Artwork should be brought to the Hudson and River Falls libraries by May 12. The artwork will be judged by a professional artist for three groups: grades 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

The first-place winning entries will be published in the Hudson-Star Observer or the River Falls Journal. All entries will be put on display at the Endangered Species Day Event, "Silent Spring, the Next Generation," Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the River Falls Public Library, lower level.

Prizes include cash, bird field guides and environmental books.

Entries should include name, age, grade level and name of school, address, phone number and an e-mail address if available. For more information, contact Carol Hardin,