Artwork of Youth Poster Contest winners and honorable mentions will be shown April 10-14
NORTH LITTLE ROCK (April 6, 2017) – Student artwork conveying messages about keeping Arkansas clean and green will be displayed April 10-14 at the Thea Foundation gallery in downtown North Little Rock.
The artwork includes winners and honorable mentions from the annual Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest, promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB). A panel of judges chose the winning posters from 421 entries from 58 schools and school/youth organizations statewide.
Winners in the Grades K-2 division are:
- First Place – Kalina Garza, a second-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County)
- Second Place – Shaylah Richie, a second-grader at City Heights Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County)
- Third Place – Remingtyn Richie, a kindergartner at City Heights Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County)
Winners in the Grades 3-5 division include:
- First Place – Teagan Gabbard, a fourth-grader at George B. Ledbetter Intermediate School in Farmington (Washington County)
- Second Place – Avari Golden, a third-grader at Bismarck Elementary School in Bismarck (Hot Spring County)
- Third Place – Izzy Bailey, a fifth-grader at Episcopal Collegiate Lower School in Little Rock (Pulaski County)
Students receiving an Honorable Mention from the judges include:
- Brooklyn Calico, a fourth-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County)
- Ana Castaneda, a fifth-grader at King Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County)
- Layton Dallas, a first-grader at De Queen Primary School in De Queen (Sevier County)
- Micaiah Hardage, a first-grader being homeschooled in Malvern (Hot Spring County)
- Heaven Ipina, a fifth-grader at Marked Tree Elementary in Marked Tree (Poinsett County)
- Dabney Lovins, a second-grader at Lakewood Elementary School in North Little Rock (Pulaski County)
- Danielle Pearce, a kindergartner at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County)
- Madilyn Pearce, a first-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County)
- Elise Pinkerton, a fourth-grader at George B. Ledbetter Intermediate School in Farmington (Washington County)
- Kayden Price, a third-grader at Amboy Elementary School in North Little Rock (Pulaski County)
- Caleb Putnam, a third-grader at eStem Elementary School in Little Rock (Pulaski County)
- Patrick Sheehan, a fifth-grader at CATO Elementary School in Sherwood (Pulaski County)
Each winner received a Walmart gift card sponsored by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation. A KAB Commission representative presented each winner with the gift card, his/her poster laminated and a certificate of achievement at a local ceremony, during the past few weeks.
The Youth Poster Contest is part of the 2017 Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas campaign, the spring statewide community cleanup effort promoted annually by KAB, a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The winning entries and honorable mentions are also posted on Facebook.com/KeepArkansasBeautiful.
About Thea Foundation
The Thea Foundation, established in 2001, advocates the importance of art in the development of youth through educational and promotional activities, and encourages individual participation in art through scholarship, partnership and other programs.
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Keep America Beautiful
A leading national nonprofit, Keep America Beautiful inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. KAB envisions a country in which every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful provides the expertise, programs and resources to help people end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities. The organization is driven by the work and passion of more than 620 state- and community-based Keep America Beautiful affiliates and millions of volunteers, and the support of corporate partners, municipalities, elected officials and individuals. To donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow Keep America Beautiful on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.