Merced student’s art makes it into air district calendar

A Merced third-grader, Mia Ekhause, is one of 15 students from the San Joaquin Valley whose artwork is included in the 2014 Healthy Air Living Kids’ Calendar.

The bilingual, full-color wall calendar is an annual publication of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. It showcases original works of art by children in each of the air basin’s eight counties, chosen from hundreds of entries.

The artwork illustrates a monthly clean-air message in English and Spanish, such as “Help everyone have a healthy air life!” and “Care for our air and walk there.”

The calendars are distributed to schools, community groups, health care facilities, churches, civic organizations and nonprofit groups throughout the Valley. The district prints 20,000 copies of the free publication, which promotes Healthy Air Living throughout the year.

The calendars can be reserved, while supplies last, at, and can be picked up in any district office: in Fresno, at 1990 E. Gettysburg Ave. (559-230-6000), in Modesto, at 4800 Enterprise Way (209-557-6400), and in Bakersfield, at 34936 Flyover Court (661-392-5500).