Since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, over 20 million Americans have participated, helping to improve the quality of air we breathe and the water we drink. In addition, landmark legislation has been passed to help support this effort, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
The New York State Senate takes this opportunity to celebrate the great strides New York has made in helping to improve our environment. From expanding the bottle bill to promoting green energy, New York is helping to make a difference.
To celebrate and honor Earth Day this year, I am sponsoring a poster contest for children in grades K – 6. The theme of our Earth Day celebration is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” My goal is to encourage kids to develop an awareness of the environment and its resources. Teaching children about the importance and waste reduction is critical as we face the environmental challenges of the 21st century.
The focus is to emphasize the importance of recycling and waste reduction, to encourage the exchange of ideas about recycling and waste reduction among schools, children and adults, and to stimulate creative thinking about solutions to problems concerning recycling and waste reduction. I am asking students to create a poster that could be used as part of this campaign.
· Entries should be photographed and submitted electronically, preferably in a .jpg format to my E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use the following SUBJECT LINE: “Earth Day Poster Contest”
· Please list the following: Student’s Name and Grade; Teacher’s Name, School Name and Address, and a daytime contact telephone number.
· DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS APRIL 5, 2013
· All entries will be viewable on my website.
Participants will also receive a certificate acknowledging their participation.
Students are encouraged not only to be creative in their project, but also to convey a real commitment to making the environment a better place. By educating students about the importance of recycling, they will learn to be creative in solving the problem of solid waste.