Rain Barrel Contest

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Rain Barrel Painting Contest in honor of Earth Day!


Prizes were awarded to the top barrels in the following categories:

Elementary Grades K-4:

1st Place – Forest Elementary School (Teacher: Beth Aschbacher)

2nd Place – Wales Primary School (Teacher: Susan Lasky)

3rd Place – Elma Primary School (Teacher: Susan Lasky)

Honorable Mention (tie) – Ledgeview Elementary School (Teacher: Kathryn Greene)

Honorable Mention (tie) – Riverview Elementary School (Teacher: Carrie Oliver)


Middle School Grades 5-8:

1st Place – Charter Middle School For Applied Technologies (Teacher: Valerie Fiore)

2nd Place – Heim Middle School (Teacher: Denise Woods)

3rd Place – Cheektowaga Central Middle School (Teacher: Tiffany VanDerBeck)

Honorable Mention – Stella Niagara Education Park (Teachers: Susan Sinski and Patrick Liuzzi)


High School Grades 9-12:

1st Place – Buffalo Academy Of Science Charter School (Teacher: Adam Rivers)

2nd Place – Depew High School (Teacher: Lori Bodgan)

3rd Place – Springville Griffith Institute (Teacher: Christy Komenda)

Honorable Mention – Niagara Falls High School (Teacher: Michele O’Connor)

Click here to see the 2017 submissions!

Please check back in Fall 2017 for information about the 2018 contest. 


For further information or if you would like to receive emails about the Rain Barrel Painting Contest, please contact Kristen Guadagno at Kristen.Guadagno@erie.gov.


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All participating schools will retain their final painted rain barrels to use, donate or raffle as desired.

We encourage teachers to incorporate environmental lessons in the classroom wherever possible on conserving resources, recycling rainwater, stormwater pollution prevention, and reusing materials for a sustainable planet.

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Last Updated: Monday May 1st, 2017 3:25 PM

Last updated: May 1, 2017 3:26pm