HERSHEY, Pa. — Pennsylvania American Water has announced that entries are being accepted for its 12th annual "Protect Our Watersheds" Art Contest, according to a press release published by MarketWatch.

All fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students in schools served by Pennsylvania American Water are eligible, as are individual students who live in the service area, noted the release.

Contest entrants are encouraged to convey the importance of protecting Pennsylvania's watersheds and water resources through art, accompanied by a brief narrative on the personal impact of watershed protection, the release reported.

“Each year, an overwhelming number of students use their creativity to express their ideas for protecting our environment,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. “Pennsylvania American Water’s vision is to be the trusted steward of our most precious resource – water, and this contest is a fun and creative way for students to learn how precious it truly is and the importance of protecting it.”

According to the release, the company will send out applications to teachers in almost 500 schools this month and the entry deadline is March 28; winners will be chosen based on creative vision, artistic talent, understanding of watershed protection and the ability to communicate their understanding.

Read the full release here.