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Keep Arkansas Beautiful introduces new contest for youth

Poster contest encourages fall involvement

LITTLE ROCK (Aug. 12, 2019) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) announced the introduction of a new youth poster contest to engage elementary-age students in litter-awareness education, to increase involvement in the cleanup initiative statewide and to educate the public about the importance of a litter-free community during KAB’s fall Great Arkansas Cleanup.

“With youth heading back to school, we want to provide a fun and interactive opportunity to expand their education on how litter affects our communities and wildlife,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB and statewide coordinator of the Great Arkansas Cleanup. “Our new contest features our new mascot Otto the Otter and encourages youth to illustrate what they believe makes our state super!”

Teachers can utilize the free, printable Great Arkansas Cleanup Youth Poster Contest coloring sheet online at The contest is open to all elementary-aged, grades K-5, students in Arkansas. One poster per class should be submitted for statewide judging.

The winning classroom will receive a guest appearance by Otto the Otter to their classroom, as well as Otto the Otter swag including coloring books, bookmarks, stickers and t-shirts. The winning poster and honorable mentions will also be featured on KAB’s Facebook page.

Entries are due Monday, September 30, by mail or delivery to Keep Arkansas Beautiful, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-007, Little Rock, AR 72201. Additional information about contest rules and entry is available at, by emailing or by calling 888-742-8701 toll-free.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup is sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, Arkansas Department of Transportation, the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation and Keep America Beautiful.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff 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 or stay in the know by following Keep Arkansas Beautiful on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, YouTube and text VOLUNTEER to 484848.

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