4th Annual America Recycles Day Billboard Contest Announced For Dalton

Middle Schoolers Invited To Participate

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
The winning design of 2012 designed by Brisa Mandujano, an eighth grader from Eastbrook Middle School.
The winning design of 2012 designed by Brisa Mandujano, an eighth grader from Eastbrook Middle School.

The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority announced its fourth annual America Recycles Day Billboard Contest for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders that attend either public or private schools participating in the Target Recycling at School program in Whitfield County.  Students are invited to design a billboard in keeping with the spirit of America Recycles Day, which is celebrated yearly on Nov. 15.  The top design out of the three grade levels will be displayed for four weeks on two billboards.

During the 2012 contest, Eastbrook Middle School eight grader, Brisa Mandujano, won first place overall.  Her artwork, chosen out of 193 entries includes the phrase, “Recycle, it’s the natural thing to do” which was the theme for America Recycles Day 2011.  It features a group of students passing recyclable items, like bottles and cans, to each other and placing them in a green recycling bin.   

Themes for this year include, “Let’s Target Recycling Together”, “I Recycle. Do You?”, and “Recycle, it’s the natural thing to do.”  First, second, and third place prizes will be given in each of the three grade levels.  The grand prize is chosen from the three first place winners.  

The Contest Guide with an entry form can be downloaded at www.DWSWA.org.  Deadline for entries is Wednesday, Nov. 6.  There is no entry fee, however an official entry form needs to be included with the artwork.  Only artwork submitted directly from a school representative will be accepted.  Winners will be announced on Thursday, Nov. 14. 

For more information contact Liz Swafford, Recycling and Education Program Coordinator, at 706 278-5001 or e-mail: lswafford@dwswa.org.  To learn more about America Recycles Day visit www.americarecyclesday.org.


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