SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency invites fifth and sixth grade writers and artists in Illinois to compete in this year’s “Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest.”
This year’s study focuses on preventing land pollution and preserving land resources with the theme, “Lending a Hand to Protect Our Precious Land!”
The contest coincides with the environmental education packet, “Environmental Pathways–Youth Investigating Pollution Issues in Illinois,” which lets students express and share what they learn about protecting air, land and water. This free teacher’s guide meets criteria of the North American Association for Environmental Education’s, Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence, and is correlated with the Illinois Leaning Standards.
Each school can enter up to eight (four posters and four written) works. Entries must be postmarked and sent to the Illinois EPA by Feb. 1, 2013.
EPA judges all entries to select the finalists, whose entries are then judged by an outside panel of authorities to determine the top 12 winners. Following the awards ceremony and reception, entries will be exhibited March 25 through April 26 in Illinois EPA’s headquarters in Springfield.
Finalists, their families and teachers are invited to an awards ceremony and reception March 23 at the Old State Capitol Historic Site, Springfield. During the 1840s and 1850s, the Old State Capitol was the scene of debate over issues that led the nation to war in 1861. During the Civil War, as the seat of government, it was the center of the state’s wartime mobilization. The old capitol provided space for the needs of local residents and soldiers.
For information call Kristi Morris, Environmental Education Coordinator for the Illinois EPA, (217) 558-7198, or write to 1021 North Grand Avenue E., P.O. Box 19276, Springfield, IL 62794‑9276.