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Student art, poetry featured in traveling exhibit at Hampton Park Library

NORTH FORSYTH — North Forsyth is known for its still-rural landscape and outdoor amenities, but a new kind of river will flow through the area starting Saturday.

River of Words, a traveling exhibit or art and poetry competition winners, will be on display at the Hampton Park Library through April 30. It includes entries from 13 Forsyth County students who were recognized as finalists or state winners.

The exhibit is suited for all ages and may be visited during the library’s regular hours. Those are 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays and 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Each year, the Georgia Center for the Book and Project Water Education for Teachers, a program of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, invites students in fourth-12thgrades to create visual art or poetry.

The entries must show an understanding of and appreciation for the natural environment and their local watershed, according to Laura Bradley, Forsyth County Public Library program manager.

More than 150,000 entries have been submitted since the contest began in 1997.

Entries are judged on a state and national levels, and students from Brookwood, Matt and Shiloh Point elementary schools were named as finalists or winners.

River of Words is touring across Georgia and most recently stopped at Shiloh Point, the third time the school has played host to the exhibit.

Several students there have won state-level awards each year.

Over the last four years, there have been two national-level winners at Shiloh Point. They received trips to Washington D.C. and California for the national award ceremonies.

The Hampton Park Library is the last stop on the schedule for the exhibit before it returns in May to the Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Library to be refitted with winning poems and art from the 2016 competition.

Those winners are expected to be announced in May.