Local youth representing Winters in calendar contest

Reia and Jackelyn Cooper were both selected to have their illustrations featured in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District’s 2021 Clean Air Calendar. Courtesy photo

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Reia Cooper’s illustration entry.
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The Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District holds a Clean Air Calendar Contest each spring as an engaging way for students to learn about the harmful effects of air pollution and the benefits of clean air. 

This year, about 25 K-12 grade students participated in the Clean Air Calendar Contest by  submitting beautiful works of art to illustrate the importance of clean air. Employees in the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District carefully looked at each submitted illustration and voted on each piece.

Reia Cooper from Waggoner Elementary School and her older sister Jackelyn Cooper from Shirley Rominger Intermediate School, were two out of the 12 students selected to have their illustrations featured in the 2021 Clean Air Calendar.

“We were impressed and refreshed by the positive and creative entries we received this year, especially given the challenges many families and students have been dealing with this year,” said Public Information Officer Stephanie Holliday.

Jackelyn Cooper’s illustration entry.
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Nan Williams, a STEAM teacher for the Winters Joint Unified School District, noted that in the past students from Winters have participated with their classroom teachers, but this year the contest was posted on the STEAM Facebook page due to school being held online. 

As Holliday and Williams both touched on, the entries this year were particularly impressive because students may not have had the additional support from their school teachers. This year participants took it upon themselves to learn about the effects of air pollution and create piece of art that would accurately represent the mission of the Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District, which according to their website is, “to protect human health and property from the harmful effects of air pollution through outreach, public education and engagement throughout the year.” 

Reia and Jackelyn both explained how much fun they had creating their illustrations. 

I didn’t want to stop coloring even when my hand was hurting because I love coloring so much,” said Reia. 

Reia explained that she drew a picture of trees, the sun and clouds because all of these things work together to provide clean air. She also went on to express the importance of throwing away trash and reducing the amount of trees that are being chopped down. 

“People should stop cutting down trees unless it’s really important like building a house,” said Reia. 

Jackelyn, who has participated in the Clean Air Calendar Contest three or four times previously, was very excited to find out that her drawing had been selected to be featured in the 2021 Clean Air Calendar. 

“I would for sure do the contest again. I really like drawing and the contest is a great way to convince people to help make the air cleaner, by planting trees and helping stop fires,” said Jackelyn. 

Jackelyn went into detail explaining the different elements of her drawing. She said she drew lungs on her tree as a reminder that trees are just as important as people and need air too. She also pointed out several ways that people can help reduce air pollution and protect human health.

“The hill is to represent that it was planted by someone and it shows people that they can do the same thing,” said Jackelyn. 

Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District has done a wonderful job in creating a fun and engaging way for students to learn about the importance of clean air in protecting human health and property from the harmful effects of air pollution.

Reia and Jackelyn Cooper, along with the ten other winners selected by District staff, received a Certificate of Achievement, a $30 Amazon gift card and a copy of the final calendar.

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