Contest provides way for students to express positive solutions for littering

By: By: Ardmore Beautification Council
By: By: Ardmore Beautification Council

Last year three winners in the Carter County Litter Poster Contest became statewide winners in the Oklahoma Dept. of Transportation (ODOT) Trash Poster Contest. Taylor Tucker, an Ardmore High School student’s winning artwork was selected 1st place statewide and her work was selected as the promotional piece advertising this year’s contest.

According to Melissa Walker, Ardmore Beautification Council project chair for the local contest, “2011 was an exciting year for Carter County. It was amazing to have 3 students in the county selected as state winners. This is evidence that area educators are using this project as a tool to get a strong message against littering taught to their students! With Carter County doing so well last year we expect even more entries in the contest in 2012.”

Students, K-12, can enter the contest through their school or by getting a copy of the entry form from the Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ), 39 N. Washington, Room #316, or the Ardmore Beautification Council (ABC), 333 W. Main St., Suite #230. Participants need to follow the simple guidelines and deliver their completed poster to the local DEQ office or to the ABC by January 31, the contest deadline.1st place winners in each category of the Carter County Litter Poster Contest will receive $100; 2nd place $75; and 3rd place $50. The categories include K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12th grade students, plus each teacher with a winning student receives $50 toward art supplies for their students. All winning artwork from the Carter County Litter Poster Contest will be forwarded to Oklahoma City where it will compete with other posters across the state.

Entries are required to be positive in approach with the artwork and slogan being original in concept. Bright colors and contrast in design are important so the poster can be reproduced.

Last year over 430 Carter County students participated in the contest and statewide over 14,000 entries were received.

The local contest is coordinated by the Ardmore Beautification Council in a partnership with the Charles B. Goddard Outreach Education Program and DEQ. Businesses and individuals within Carter County provide sponsorship for the reception and the contest awards. Student winners will be honored with a reception at the Charles B. Goddard Center in March. 580-223-2230.

-The Ardmore Beautification Council

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