Granby kids win for Fraser River mural

Sometimes a painting says so much more than words. Teacher Katrina Larson's art students at East Grand Middle School (pictured above) in Granby, Colorado, recently won the top prize in a nationwide mural painting contest for their mural "Save the Fraser River," a vivid panorama showing teeming trout, kayakers, and the wild beauty of the Fraser River.

It's an eloquent portrait of the value of rivers to our communities and future generations--and the need to protect them.

The mural was entered as part of conservation artist Wyland's national "Water Is Life" classroom mural contest for grades 5-8. The contest, meant to highlight the growing demands on U.S. water resources, attracted more than 9,000 student entries from 45 states.

The Fraser kids took the big prize home for their age group. Let's hope this helps draw more attention to the struggling Fraser River, which is being diverted to death by Denver Water--find out more at TU's Defend the Colorado site--and sign the petition!

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