Need Some Creative Tips to Help Save Water? Check out the 9th Annual Allatoona Ally Coloring Book ...

Posted on March 14, 2014

Need Some Creative Tips to Help Save Water?  Check out the 9th Annual Allatoona Ally Coloring Book ...

By Sherri Simmons, President and CEO

Duffey Communications’ long-time client, the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA,) in partnership with the Cobb County Water System, recently honored the 12 Cobb County elementary school students who were chosen as this year’s winners of the Ninth Annual Allatoona Ally Artist Challenge.

This year, more than 725 entries were received with 27 schools participating.

The award-winning Allatoona Ally Artist Challenge has become an honored tradition among teachers and students in Cobb County. Every year, waterSmart, a water conservation movement developed by Duffey Communications on behalf of CCMWA, invites fourth and fifth grade students to submit their drawing of Ally — the scaly, but lovable mascot for Lake Allatoona — conserving water in her home and community.

Not only does the contest challenge students to think creatively about water conservation – it helps educate them about one of our region’s most important sources of drinking water, Lake Allatoona. Although our young artists probably aren’t aware of the “water wars” between Georgia, Florida and Alabama – they know we need to be careful about conserving water – come rain or come shine. And through their creativity, these students are inspiring their families and friends to learn more about water conservation.

For example, Michelle Namgoong, whose entry is featured on the cover of the coloring book, used Ally to remind us to never use the toilet as a waste basket.

The best entries are published in a coloring book that is distributed throughout the community and available for free download at

This year’s winners were particularly creative, and it was fun for our team to get to know them better at the annual Allatoona Ally autograph party. Click here to see photos from the party.

A panel of judges – including Chris Holcomb, 11 Alive Weekend Meteorologist; Chris Purvis, Lake Allatoona Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger; Walter Reeves, Host of “The Lawn and Garden Show,” and Angela Seckington, Radio Disney Promotions Manager – carefully selected the winning illustrations.

To learn more about waterSmart – or for tips on developing a successful community relations initiative, please contact Natasha Gingles.


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