MOUNT VERNON — The Board of Knox County Commissioners has announced the winning participants selected in the countywide Fifth-Grade Art Contest.

Four winners were chosen from approximately 250 entries as numerous fifth grade classrooms competed to see who would design the best original artwork related to the theme of recycling and litter prevention. Artwork was drawn on the fronts of grocery bags that were donated by Krogers. Participating classrooms nominated the three best drawings for consideration. All nominated artwork was on display at the Earth Day Festival at Kenyon College. From all nominated artwork, a panel of three judges selected four winners.

Winning artwork was selected as follows:

Falon Smith, Dan Emmett Elementary, Bruce Jacklin, teacher; “Let’s Make the World a Greener Place,” which featured a little girl in pigtails with barrettes in the shape of bottles.

Kyle Stader, Dan Emmett Elementary, Bruce Jacklin, teacher; featured was a policemen holding a stop sign while saying, “Littering and Recycle!”

Alexandra Costache, St. Vincent de Paul Elementary, Beth Robinson, teacher; “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” featured small creatures with clever captions urging everyone not to litter.

Maggie Williams, Wiggin Street Elementary, Andy Lane, teacher; “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle,” featured turtles, fish and flowers.

Winners were awarded prizes made from recycled materials and a $25 gift certificate from Walmart. Teachers were given a cash prize to be used towards the purchase of classroom supplies.

The fifth-grade art contest was created by the Earth Day Festival Committee and was used to line the Duff Street entrance into the Kenyon College Athletic Center. The contest was sponsored by the Knox County Commissioners and the DKMM Solid Waste District. The purpose of this contest is to bring awareness to the need to conserve natural resources and to protect our environment by recycling and litter prevention. This project is made possible by funding from the DKMM Solid Waste District, strictly allocated to recycling and litter prevention education and awareness.

All artwork will also be on display this summer in the 4-H Building at the Knox County Fair.



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