Dear Fifth/Sixth Grade Educators,
We invite your students to participate in the annual Environmental Pathways statewide poster and poetry/prose exhibit. The theme of the 2017 event is How Can You Reduce Your Waste to Save Our Space? focusing on the importance of reducing waste (through means of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting, etc.) that contributes to our landfills.
We believe that the creation of posters and written works gives your students an opportunity to express and share, on a deeper and more personal level, what they have learned. The student exhibit also draws attention to environmental issues.
We recommend that you have a school exhibit of your students' works. Ask students and faculty to vote for their favorite entries. Then send the Illinois EPA the top four posters and top four poetry/prose entries (representing the school) for inclusion in the statewide exhibit.
Students whose works have been chosen for the exhibit, together with their parents and teachers, will be invited to an awards reception in Springfield. The finalists will receive certificates and ribbons. Twelve students (six in each category) will be given special recognition and will each receive an environmental reference book for his or her school's library. Following the recognition reception, the works will remain on display at the Illinois EPA April 24 through May 22.
The top twelve entries also will be displayed on the Illinois EPA's web site providing additional recognition for the winning entries as well as promoting the program.
To participate in the poster and poetry/prose contest you will need the participation packet, which contains the rules and necessary forms. Please read the timetable below and note important dates and deadlines.
All entries become the property of the Illinois EPA. If you have any questions, please call Kristi Morris at (217) 558-7198.