Illinois EPA sponsors annual contest for 5th-6th-grade students
encourages youth to be creative on how they can help to protect land
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[January 19, 2013]
SPRINGFIELD -- Director John Kim
invites fifth- and sixth-grade writers and artists from around
Illinois to compete in this year's "Poster,
Poetry and Prose" contest, sponsored by the Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency. "Through programs such as this,
students will learn how to be good environmental stewards, and they,
in turn, can educate and influence the actions of others," said Kim.
This year's study focuses on the importance of preventing land
pollution and preserving land resources, with "Lending a Hand to
Protect Our Precious Land!" as the event's theme.
which correlates with the environmental education packet
"Environmental Pathways -- Youth Investigating Pollution Issues in
Illinois," gives students an opportunity to express and share, on a
deeper and more personal level, what they have learned about the
importance of protecting our air, land and water. The student
exhibit also draws attention to environmental issues. This free
teacher's guide meets the criteria of the North American Association
for Environmental Education's "Environmental Education Materials:
Guidelines for Excellence" and is correlated with the Illinois
Each school can enter up to eight works: four posters and four
written. Entries must be postmarked and sent in to the Illinois EPA
by Feb. 1. An in-house panel from the Illinois EPA judges all
entries to select the finalists, whose entries are then judged by an
outside panel of authorities to determine the top 12 winners.
All finalists, together with their families and teachers, are
invited to an awards ceremony and reception on March 23 at the Old
State Capitol Historic Site in Springfield.
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Following the awards ceremony and reception, entries will be on
exhibit in the atrium of the Illinois EPA's headquarters building in
Springfield from March 25 through April 26, and the top winners will
be featured on the Illinois EPA's home page at
Information about the annual event can be obtained by contacting
Kristi Morris, environmental education coordinator for the Illinois
EPA, at 217-558-7198, or by mail at 1021 North Grand Ave. East, P.O.
Box 19276, Springfield, IL 62794-9276.
Environmental Protection Agency
file received from the
Illinois Office of
Communication and Information]