DRBA hosts Driving Tour

Artwork by Albert Harris Elementary School students in the 2nd and 4th grades is included in a driving tour in Martinsville/Henry County. The students are among the finalists in a contest sponsored by the Dan River Basin Association (DBRA) to determine “what a healthy river looked like to them.”

This fall, the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) hosted an elementary art contest for schools in the Dan River basin. The contest was launched in October with a deadline before Thanksgiving break. Flyers went out to students in grades 2-5 in schools from both Virginia and North Carolina. More than 100 submissions were received from students excited to show “what a healthy river looked like to them.”

First, second, and third place were selected from each grade level. To showcase the twelve finalists, DRBA will host a driving tour in Martinsville/Henry County with four locations for the young artists’ families and community members to view. First place winners will receive a DRBA goody bag, second place will receive a DRBA t-shirt, and third place will receive a DRBA keychain, along with information about DRBA and our mission.

Visitors enjoy the driving tour through Henry County as they stop by Smith River Outfitters in Bassett to view finalists’ artwork in the windows. (courtesy of Dan River Basin Association)

The locations on the driving tour include the Daily Grind Coffeehouse, Martinsville Visitor Center, Smith River Outfitters, and Philpott Lake Visitor Center. The finalists’ art work will be posted in the windows of the locations for visitors to drive by and view, or to take a quick walk up to the windows to get a closer look at the winning pieces.  A printable flyer with addresses can be found on the DRBA website at www.danriver.org.

Student names and places were announced on Monday, December 7th. The driving tour will last from December 7th to December 21st. All finalists’ artwork will also be posted on the DRBA website for viewing in mid-December. 

The Dan River Basin Association would like to congratulate the winners and thank all the students and teachers who showed us “What a Healthy River Looks Like to Them!”

The mission of the Dan River Basin Association is to promote and protect the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River basin through education, recreation, and stewardship. DRBA works to fulfill that mission by building river accesses and trails, educating people of all ages about protecting our natural resources, and protecting our water resources through water quality monitoring, cleanups and master planning. To learn more about DRBA’s impact and programs that protect and conserve our natural resources, visit danriver.org.


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