Earth Day Rain Barrel Design contest

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Schools, you are invited to compete in the 2017 Rain Barrel Design Contest! 

Public and private K-12 schools in Lake, Porter & LaPorte counties welcome!

Saturday, April 22, 2017
9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Porter County Expo Center
215 E. Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN

2017 Competitors Include: 

  • AK Smith Career Center
  • Andrean High School
  • Area Career Center University
  • Bailly Elementary School
  • Benjamin Franklin Middle School
  • Calumet New Tech High School
  • Carl J. Polk Elementary School
  • Carrie Gosch Elementary School
  • Central Elementary
  • Chesterton High School
  • Discovery Charter School
  • Fieler Elementary School
  • Hobart Middle School
  • Immanuel Lutheran School
  • Joseph Hess Elementary
  • Kesling Middle School
  • Kouts Elementary
  • Krueger Middle School
  • Merrillville High School
  • Merrillville Intermediate School
  • Michigan City High School
  • Montessori Children's Schoolhouse
  • Nativity of Our Savior
  • Newton Yost Elementary School
  • NW Adventist Christian School
  • Our Lady of Grace School
  • Portage High School
  • River Forest Middle School
  • South Haven Elementary 
  • St. Patrick Catholic School
  • Valparaiso High School
  • Victory Christian Academy


Download 2017 forms, guidelines and information for competitors

Download the promotional flyer. 

Teachers and schools interested in participating will get a rain barrel that they can paint or decorate with their own environmentally-friendly materials and illustrate an environmental theme. 

All rain barrels in the competition will be displayed and judged between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, April 22, by the visitors at the 2017 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration at the Porter County Expo Center. 

The winners will be announced at the end of the Earth Day Celebration, around 2 p.m. 

Each guest entering the Celebration will receive a ticket to use to cast a vote for their favorite barrel in the competition. Awards will be given in each of two categories:

 1) Elementary and  

2) Middle, Intermediate and High School.

Classes or schools winning first prize will receive a $150 classroom scholarship.

Second prizes will win a $50 classroom scholarship and a hand chair, and third place will win a $50 classroom scholarship. 

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Funding for this program was provided in part by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coastal Program.