Recycling Poster Contest

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and with that, I can’t think of a better gift than to think about ways to recycle. I know, that is not the typical brunch or breakfast in bed, but it would be a gift with lasting impact, right? For the past 17 years, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has conducted a variety of poster contests tackling topics such as Arbor Day and We Live in a Watershed. The current contest raises awareness on the various ways to reduce, recycle, compost, and reuse.

The contest is open all New York state students in public, private, and youth organizations. Schools choosing to participate are allowed up to 15 submissions per school/organization. If a school or classroom is not participating, individuals may submit an entry. Ask an administrator or teacher if students are participating and have your child submit his/her own poster. Be imaginative and find ways to turn that Mother’s Day card into a poster with some creative recycling ideas.

There are five chosen themes this year: New York Recycles, Choose Reuse and Not Single Use, Worm Your Way into Composting, Recycle Right, and Your Dream Green School. All the rules and regulations can be viewed at www.dec.ny.gov/education/32506.html.

The deadline for submission is May 15. They may be mailed to NYSEDEC, Attn: Kayla Montanye, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-7253. The contest is open to all students in five categories: grades K-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, and special education. Prizes and special recognition are given to the top three finalists state-wide. Please follow the rules to make sure the submissions fit all the requirements.

I’ve always liked the idea of a poster contest. Children have wonderful ideas. They see things differently and are willing to explore the impossible. Adults tend to forget those moments of free thought. Since the issues of recycling and reducing waste is essential, wouldn’t it be wonderful if a solution was sparked by something a child dreamed into reality? Good luck exploring!

I hope you find the perfect way to honor the women in your lives. Happy Mother’s Day!

Diane Chase is the author of the “Adirondack Family Activities” guidebook series, “Adirondack Family Time: Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities.” For more family-friendly activities go to www.adirondackfamilytime.com.


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