RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Last fall, over 3,500 K-12 students across the country participated in the Wyland Foundation’s annual ‘Water is Life’ Mural and Art contest. Students were challenged to create a mural depicting the 2014 theme, “Our Ocean.” The contest also encouraged students to study issues and events that impact our oceans and waterways. Artwork was submitted from over 40 states and 12 have been selected to have their work featured in a 2015/2016 calendar available in July.

As a co-sponsor of the event, The Toro Company provided a grant toward the purchase of art supplies that were distributed to participating schools. The calendar, which includes tips each month on how to use water responsibly, will be available to schools and students for fundraising efforts throughout the school year. Its release coincides with July being Smart Irrigation Month, which was introduced by the Irrigation Association to draw greater attention to water-saving irrigation innovations and best practices, and has since gained recognition throughout the U.S.

Toro partnered with the Wyland Foundation in 2014 on the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation, a national competition among cities to see who can be the most “water wise.” Since then, Toro has sponsored education and outreach campaigns to extend the mutual goal of raising awareness about the importance of efficient water use through community events, trade shows, school presentations and art contests.