Eighteen students place in statewide contest promoting the Great American Cleanup
Winning artwork displayed in Thea Foundation Gallery
LITTLE ROCK (April 15, 2015) – Eighteen students have been selected as winners in this year’s Great American Cleanup Youth Poster Contest hosted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) to educate Arkansans of the value of a clean community to economic development and civic pride. Students across the state submitted art displaying what it means to keep Arkansas beautiful.
Winners in the Grades 3-5 category are:
- 1st Place – Liberty Ash, a fifth-grader at King Elementary School in Van Buren
- 2nd Place – Mohammad Niyaz Hasan, a third-grader at G.R. Taylor Elementary School in White Hall
- 3rd Place – Dylan Kennedy, a fifth-grader at King Elementary School in Van Buren
- Honorable Mentions – Dilma Gouardado of Little Rock, Alicia Sher of Waldron, Kyleigh Schoultz of Bismarck, Manuel Marroquin of Van Buren, Peyton Martin of Van Buren and Emelia Stuckey of Sherwood.
Winners in the Grades K-2 category are:
- 1st Place – Shaelyn Fox, a first-grader at Leverett Elementary School in Fayetteville
- 2nd Place – Jade Livermore, a second-grader at London Elementary School in Russellville
- 3rd Place – Eleanor Eichmann, a second-grader at Leverett Elementary School in Fayetteville
- Honorable Mentions – Mia Doss of Little Rock, Macey Abbott of Bismarck, Calla Bowling of Fayetteville, Brooklyn Glover of Sherwood, Victor Lopez-Harris of Sherwood and Kaylah Fabian-Lucas of Mabelvale.
The winning entries can be viewed online on KAB’s Facebook page. KAB commissioners and volunteers chose the winning posters from more than 200 entries.
Posters will be displayed at the Thea Foundation’s Gallery in Argenta, April 20 – 24. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Each first-place winner received a Wal-Mart gift card valued at $50; each second-place winner, a $35 Wal-Mart gift card; and each third-place winner, a $20 Wal-Mart gift card. The honorable-mention winners each received a Certificate of Recognition. KAB representatives will award the prizes to students at their schools during May
About the Great American Cleanup
Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup involves events in communities around the country in March, April and May. This year’s Great American Cleanup is expected to involve an estimated 2 million people volunteering more than 7.9 million hours to clean, beautify and improve 20,000 communities during more than 40,000 events from coast to coast. Activities will include beautifying parks and recreation areas, collecting recyclables, picking up litter, planting trees and flowers, and conducting educational programs and litter-free events. The sponsors of this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas include Dow Chemical Company, Glad Products Company and Lowes.
About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. A three-person professional staff and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor manage its programs. KAB is funded by 1 percent 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 about KAB, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading nonprofit that brings people together to build and sustain vibrant communities. With a national network of community-based affiliates, we work with millions of volunteers who take action in their communities to transform public spaces into beautiful places. Through our programs and public-private partnerships, we engage individuals to take greater responsibility for improving their community’s environment. To learn how you can donate or take action, visit kab.org. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or view us on YouTube.