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Stuart Place Elementary third-grader Marlee Garza won the Regional Award in the Take Care of Texas K-5 Art Contest.

Her third-grade teacher Ms. Rosie Laurel had her class compete in this contest as a class assignment.

“I came up with the idea for my drawing on my own but my mom helped me look online for inspiration,” Garza said. “My whole class participated and it feels good to have a winner from the Rio Grande Valley.”

r15-marlee-garzaGarza showed an enthusiasm for taking care of Texas through her art submission, a colorful depiction featuring tips on how to conserve the environment. Her creative idea and passion for making a difference ultimately led her to become the Region 15 winner.

“Turn off the faucet and don’t litter, Garza said. “It is important to save the environment because we want Texas and the environment to live on longer and for it to be safe and clean for all of us.”

To honor her success,  a regional representative will present Garza with a plaque on May 12 at the Stuart Place Elementary gymnasium. As a regional winner in the contest, Garza also qualifies to receive a Samsung tablet.

Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that promotes environmental protection.

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