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Coloring contest puts student’s art on the road

Zach Kent stands next to the Ellingson Plumbing, Heating A/C and Electrical service van that was wrapped with his winning drawing for the Ellingson Coloring Contest. (Contributed)

Ellingson Plumbing, Heating A/C and Electrical of Alexandria collaborated with School District 206 for the company’s second annual coloring contest.

During the month of March, students in grades three through six in the Alexandria school district were given coloring sheets of the Ellingson van and challenged to design a van displaying an eco-friendly message. On March 25, the coloring contest committee members narrowed the entries down to the top five. From there, Ellingson employees voted on the top three. During the voting, names, ages and schools were all kept anonymous.

Zach Kent, a fifth grade student at Lincoln Elementary School, was awarded first place. He received a $50 gift card for Garden Center Lanes. His drawing was also wrapped onto one of the Ellingson service vans. His name and school were also printed on the side of the van. The winner was revealed at the Community Eco Fair at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria on Earth Day, April 22.

“It’s nice that companies like [Ellingson Plumbing, Heating A/C and Electrical] invest time and work into supporting our schools and our community,” Kent said in a thank you letter.

Second place went to Gabriella Staples, a fourth grader at Woodland Elementary, and third place went to Burke Netland, a third grader at Garfield Elementary. Both students also received gift cards to Garden Center, $25 to Staples and $15 to Netland.

Annie Harman
Annie Harman is a reporter for Echo Press and The Osakis Review. She grew up in Detroit Lakes and graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire with a degree in print journalism and history in May 2012. Follow her on Twitter at annieharman
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