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Poster, Poetry, and Prose Contest – This annual contest invites Illinois 5th and 6th grade students to submit posters or written works related to each year's environmentally-focused theme. Educators are encouraged to implement a curriculum unit or resources provided that are related to the theme to acquaint students with the environmental issue or topic. The contest allows for creativity while educating students on important subjects. The Illinois EPA announces the contest theme in the fall with submissions due in February each year.