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Henry seventh-grader wins water essay contest

Special Photo: Tonja Mincey of the Henry County Water & Sewage Authority (from left); District IV Commissioner Reid Bowman, Sr., Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero; the judge’s daughter, Brooke Amero; and her mother, Carolina Amero.

Special Photo: Tonja Mincey of the Henry County Water & Sewage Authority (from left); District IV Commissioner Reid Bowman, Sr., Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero; the judge’s daughter, Brooke Amero; and her mother, Carolina Amero.

Brooke Amero is the Henry County winner in the 10th Annual Clean Water Campaign/“I’m In” Essay Contest.

Amero, a seventh-grader at Eagle’s Landing Middle School in McDonough, is the daughter of Henry County Superior Court Judge Brian Amero and Carolina Amero.

Mykayah Flowers, an eighth-grader at Kendrick Middle School in Jonesboro, won the essay contest in Clayton County.

The contest is sponsored by the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District), which consists of 15 counties and 61 water utilities.

The district partnered with The Clean Water Campaign and the “I’m In” Campaign, which seeks to educate and promote behavior changes in water conservation and water quality.

Clean Water Campaign officials stress that the dually-sponsored essay contest is designed to encourage students to write about problems, and provide solutions in protecting water quality and water supply in the metro Atlanta region.

Henry County District IV Commissioner Reid Bowman recently presented the county award to Brooke Amero at Eagle’s Landing. “Brooke’s essay highlights all the right things we should be doing to protect our water,” said Bowman. “Her efforts should be commended and highlight the impact young people can have on improving our community.”

Ways to conserve water and protect the area’s waterways are offered in Amero’s essay.

“All the people in the community can help by putting up signs along borders of waterways to notify people that pollution can affect the quality of water,” wrote the seventh-grader. “ Also, using and disposing of harmful materials properly is needed to keep water clean. Another way to save water is to only run the dishwasher and clothes washer when it’s full.”

Each year, the two campaigns — the Clean Water Campaign, and “I’m In” — team up to encourage children and parents to raise awareness of the need to conserve water and prevent water pollution, according to Clean Water Campaign officials.

Students then research and share their ideas about why healthy rivers, lakes and streams are important for the future, and why residents of the region should conserve water. However, the main goal of the program, officials said, is to encourage students to create inventive solutions to water conservation and water quality in the metro Atlanta region.

The essay contest was open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. Officials noted that each participating school submitted a winning essay for the county competition, and one overall winner was selected from among the county winners to be named the Metro Water District winner.

The district winner received a check for $100, while the county winners receive a $25 check, along with a certificate presented by a county representative.

To learn more, visit the Clean Water Campaign’s web site at www.cleanwatercampaign.com.