BTNEP announces winners for 'Estuary Artworks' event

Staff Writer
Donaldsonville Chief

THIBODAUX - The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) hosted its “Estuary Artworks” event at the Purple Penguin Art Company on September 27th in collaboration with National Estuaries Day.

Forty-six children attended the event ranging in ages from 19 months to 17 years old. Children were invited to attend and draw their favorite estuary scene. Gift cards from The Purple Penguin Art Company were awarded to the first place winners in each category. An overall winner was also chosen and received a gift certificate to Purple Penguin Art Company for one semester of classes, which includes sixteen 75-minute classes. The following are the winners in each category; 0-3, Whitney Harris; 4-7, Ellie Hebert; 8-12, Lily Ortte; 13-17, Gavin Clements; Overall Winner, 5-year-old Ayden Riche.

“Our goal was to give kids the opportunity to learn more about the estuary they live in, what is happening to it and allow them to show off their talent,” said Kristy Monier, BTNEP Media Relations/Event Coordinator. “We were very pleased with the turn out and look forward to doing this again next year.”

BTNEP would like to thank The Purple Penguin Art Company owner, Stephanie Donaldson, and her staff for providing the location and assistance for the children. BTNEP would also like to thank Rotolo’s in Thibodaux for the refreshments.

National Estuaries Week was held September 20-27 to promote the importance of estuaries and the need to protect and restore them by raising awareness of the vital role estuaries play in our society. Activities across the country sponsored by various groups created awareness and public interest about the significance of estuaries in the environment.

BTNEP is one out of 28 national estuary programs in the United States. All or parts of sixteen Louisiana parishes make up the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary system. The organization was established under the EPA Clean Water Act to protect coastal resources. BTNEP is a partnership of government, businesses, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests and individuals for the preservation, protection, and restoration for the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary in southeast Louisiana.

For more information on BTNEP, visit our website page at www.btnep.org, or like us on Facebook.