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“The world’s children are perhaps its most truthful and sensitive observers.”

—Pamela Michael, River of Words co-founder
2010 One Square Block Contest

In 2010, River of Words teamed up once again with the San Francisco Estuary Partnership to offer a special, localized competition as part of the larger River of Words Environmental Art & Poetry Contest.

The One Square Block Contest invited students living in 12 Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties) to explore their immediate neighborhoods and to submit art and poetry about their local environments (natural, built and cultural).


One Square Block Grand Prize Winner

1. Birds Over the Bay, by Kevin Huo, age 10, Foster City, California


One Square Block Art Finalists

2. Taking Flight by Kendall Cecchettini, age 12, Folsom, California

3. San Francisco Bay by Allison Chang, age 14, Sunnyvale, California

4. The Quail by Emma Mackenzie, age 9, San Francisco, California


One Square Block Poetry Finalists

5. My Neighborhood Story by Alondra Cervantes, age 11, Oakland, California

6. I Found a Part of Me by Jada Cooper, age 11, Fairfield, California

7. Tank Hill by Sylvie Cox, age 9, San Francisco, California

8. The Plaza After Rain by Maeve FitzHoward, age 14, San Francisco, California

9. I Am... by Sean FitzHoward, age 14, San Francisco, California

10. December by Mia Florez, age 13, Greenbrae, California

11. The Night by Zoe Spitzer-Goldberg, age 13, Mill Valley, California