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CVE Member Services Supervisor Leah Boone, left, and coloring contest judge Pam Atkins look over one of this year’s contest entries. (Nancy Dunn – For the Daily Press)

Each year, the New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association sponsors a safety coloring contest for elementary school children in grades two, three and four in each of their 16 districts.

Our region’s cooperative is Central Valley Electric (CVE), and school kids from Artesia, Lake Arthur, Hagerman and Dexter all are eligible to compete through their school class.

Besides being fun, the coloring contest posters present a simple lesson on electrical safety in a visual format that is easy to understand. The hard part is the judging!

I was asked to help judge this year’s contest, along with Pam Atkins, and we had a challenging time trying to narrow our choices down to a first-, second- and third-place winner for each school PLUS an overall winner.

The overall winning poster will be submitted to the statewide New Mexico Rural Electric Cooperative Association coloring contest competition — last year’s local overall winner was Josephine Luevano of Roselawn Elementary School, and she took second place statewide!

CVE will announce all the winners in April, and the prizes will be awarded near the end of the school year at an assembly.

CVE Member Services Supervisor Leah Boone is in charge of the coloring contest, and she looks forward to the coloring contest every year. And now, so do Pam Atkins and I!