FORT WORTH -- Taylor Rogers knows that the Trinity River area is a popular recreation spot.
So Taylor, a fourth-grader at Eastern Hills Elementary School, used certain recreational activities to paint a picture that portrayed what the river means to her. She entered her picture in a contest sponsored by the Tarrant Regional Water District and Trinity River Vision.
Taylor placed first at Eastern Hills in the "Our River, Our Children" contest. Students from Dolores Huerta, Tanglewood and Lily B. Clayton were also awarded prizes at their schools Monday morning.
Taylor worked on her painting for three weeks.
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"Our art teacher was kind of giving us ideas, and showing pictures taken in different areas of the river, and how they had canoeing and bike riding," said Taylor, who won $100. "I just kind of thought about all that stuff and put it together."
The contest asked elementary school students to create artwork with a common theme of "What does the Trinity River mean to you?"
The top 50 works of art from each school were selected and presented to the Tarrant Regional Water District for further judging by people including U.S. Rep. Kay Granger and Fort Worth boxer Paulie Ayala.
Four winners were selected from each school.
"I feel that it's an honor just to be able to be a part of this; it's going to be great for the city," Ayala said at the Eastern Hills ceremony.
"It's been an enjoyment for me to see the talent that we have, and to have the artwork displayed like it is will be rewarding for them [the students] also."
Marty Leonard, who is on the water district's board, local artist J.T. Grant and two representatives from the Fort Worth school district fine arts programs, Michael Ryan and Beverly Fletcher, also worked as judges.
"The river belongs to all of us, and we want everybody to use it. The art project is a way to connect these kids early on in life to what the river means," Leonard said. "Everybody will get to see these all across the city and see how creative these kids are."