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Poster Contest
for the 2013-2014 School Year

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority


Grade K-8 students in the MWRA service area are invited to participate in our Annual Poster Contest for 2013-2014.

Download a complete contest entry packet (PDF) for all rules, FAQs, forms, labels and other important details.


The poster contest is open to all grade K-8 students in the MWRA service area. Only schools in the service area are eligible to enter.

Contest Topic
Create a poster that advertises why you should not use your toilet as a wastebasket. Visit our Poster Contest Page for more information.
Entries must be postmarked by Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Early entries are encouraged.
Rules are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).
Please Note: All Contests
Teachers and students, please remember that while this year’s topic is sewer-related, posters, essays and videos must be in good taste. Do not include graphic depictions of dirty toilets, urine, fecal matter or used personal care products.
Required Forms and Labels

Every group of student entries must have a Contest Registration Form and each entry must have a Student Label attached securely to the back of the entry. Forms and labels are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

Students may enter on their own if they live in or attend a school in the MWRA service area. You must include the student label on the back of your entry. Labels are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).


First prize in each category is a $100.00 gift check, 2nd prize is a $50.00 check, and 3rd prize is a $25.00 check. In the poster contest there are (3) categories K-2, 3-5,
and 6-8. In each of the categories there is a 1st, 2nd, 3rd and (3) honorable mention winners.  All winners, including honorable mention winners, are invited with their families to an Awards Ceremony at Deer Island on Friday, May 23, 2014.

How to Submit Contest Entries

Posters should be no smaller than 8 ½ x 11 and no larger than 18 x 24.

All entries must be mailed to:

MWRA School Contest
2 Griffin Way
Chelsea, MA 02150

What Makes a Good Poster Entry
Make sure your poster is on topic. Don't try to include too many ideas or activities
on your poster. A single message, clearly illustrated, is more effective. If you use
lettering, make sure it can be read from across a room. For inspiration and examples, check out our poster contest winners for 2012-2013.
Frequently Asked Questions
Questions and answers for teachers and students are included in the contest entry packet (PDF).

What if I still have some questions?

If you still have questions, please contact Meg Tabacsko, MWRA School Program Manager, at If you do not have access to email, please call Meg at 617-305-5646.

Only schools located in the MWRA Service Area listed below are eligible to participate in the Annual Poster, Writing and Video Contests

Water Communities
Chicopee Peabody
Clinton Saugus
Leominster Southborough
Lynn  South Hadley
Lynnfield Swampscott
Marblehead Weston
Marlborough Wilbraham
Nahant Worcester
Sewer Communities
Ashland Lancaster
Braintree Natick
Burlington Randolph
Hingham Walpole
Holbrook Weymouth
Water and Sewer Communities
Arlington Newton
Bedford Norwood
Belmont Quincy
Boston Reading
Brookline Revere
Cambridge Somerville
Canton Stoneham
Chelsea Stoughton
Dedham Wakefield
Everett Waltham
Framingham Watertown
Lexington Wellesley
Malden Westwood
Medford Wilmington
Melrose Winchester
Milton Winthrop
Needham Woburn
Schools located on Cape Cod and within the Quabbin and Wachusett Watershed are also eligible to participate.


Meg Tabacsko

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Updated May 9, 2014

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Contests are limited to schools in the MWRA service area.
Eligible communities

mwra - what not to flush image
WEF "Don't Flush That" page
Consumer Reports Video: "Flushable wipes are touted as an alternative to toilet paper. Are they really safe for sewers and septic systems?"
How the MWRA Sewer System Works
MWRA YouTube Page
MWRA Photos on Flickr

Need inspiration?

2012-2013 Poster Contest Winner by

Check out our contest winners for 2012-2013

| writing | video (YouTube)

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