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Tuesday, May 28, 2024

If you find these white messages on a rainy day, you might win some prizes is giving away prizes to anyone who finds their eco-friendly stencils (HNNDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the city of Newport News) is giving away prizes to anyone who finds their eco-friendly stencils (WYDaily Photo/ Courtesy of the city of Newport News)

The organization,, has hidden messages on sidewalks throughout Hampton Roads as part of their annual Write as Rain campaign.

The eco-friendly white stencils will “magically appear” on rainy days at schools, libraries and other public spaces across Hampton Roads, to “inspire” people to think about the environment in “ways they haven’t before”, according to the nonprofit’s website.

The hidden stencils includes messages like “Purge the Plastic, I Choose Tap Water,”  “#ASKHRGREEN” and more, according to a news release from the city.

There’s a financial incentive, too.

According to the event page, anyone who finds a message can enter to win prizes such as tickets to local attractions, restaurant gift cards and more.

Just follow the nonprofit on one of their social media pages and post a photo of the message (and yourself) with the hashtag, #askHRgreen. See the interactive map below, courtesy of

Drawings will be awarded weekly through Oct. 26.

For information, visit or follow the non-profit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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