Ft. Smallwood Elemtary Student Wins Prize

| March 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

Abbey Nettleton and her Snow Birds

This past Saturday Miss Abbey Nettleton, a fifth grader at Fort Smallwood Elementary in Pasadena, MD, was unveiled as the winner of the first annual Chesapeake Bay Revival Coloring Contest.  The contest, created by Donna McCartney, author of the children’s Nautical Mile Book Series, sought to recognize outstanding student artwork that best depicts the Chesapeake Bay.  (You can access the finalists here and the winner was number 53—Snow Birds.  Attached also please also find a photograph from the event of the author and her books as well as the winner, Abbey Nettleton.)

“My goal with this contest was to reach young people to learn how they see the Chesapeake Bay and depict these visions through their own drawings,” said Donna McCartney, the host of the contest and author of the Nautical Miles Books Series for children.  “With my books, I have tried to capture the spirit of the Chesapeake Bay for children, and I was very interested to learn more about their personal connection and experiences.”

The Chesapeake Bay Revival Coloring Contest was launched last September and was open to third, fourth and fifth grade students through the entire Chesapeake Bay region.  Participants were asked to create an original drawing about the Chesapeake Bay on a standard 8×11 piece of paper. In total, 36 schools participated, with 67 pieces of artwork selected as semi-finalists. These fantastic drawings have been on display at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum since January. Miss Nettleton’s submission of Chesapeake Bay Snow Birds was selected as the winner after being reviewed by a panel of judges that included Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteers of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, members of the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, and McCartney.

“We have been honored to have Abbey’s picture – and so many other exceptional drawings – on display at the museum for the past few months,” said Kate Livie, director of education for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. “Educating our young people about the Chesapeake Bay, and the importance of protecting and restoring this national treasure, is extremely important to the museum.  This contest is a great way to get kids engaged, while also teaching them about the Bay at the same time.”

For winning the contest, Miss Nettleton will be awarded a $500 shopping spree to Toys R Us, a signed copy of Salty Summer, Chesapeake Bay-themed t-shirts and other prizes. The other finalists will win books, t-shirts and prizes provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and BoatUS.  Miss Nettleton is described by her teachers as an exceptionally devoted student who father recently returned from one of multiple active duties in Iraq.  Fort Smallwood Elementary will also be awarded $1,000 for conservation education as part of the contest winnings.

Salty Summer is the first book in the Nautical Mile Book Series, which is a collection of five children’s books about young friends and their adventures on the Chesapeake Bay.  It was published in October 2011 and introduces children to sailing, fishing, nautical legends and lore.  A portion of net proceeds from book sales is being donated to the Chesapeake Bay Trust for environmental education and Bay restoration efforts. The Nautical Mile Book Series is available at Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, and Amazon.com. For more information and to see all the coloring contest finalists online, visit www.nauticalmilebooks.com.

“It is my dream to help children understand the importance of our natural resources and the Chesapeake Bay,” said McCartney. “Whether is through children’s stories or drawings or formal instruction, we must do all we can to teach our next generation.  I hope this contest helped illustrate for these participants just how exceptional our Chesapeake Bay truly is and how we all must work to restore and protect it.”

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