When it comes to reducing roadside litter, listen to the kids

Four winners selected in Adopt-A-Highway litter bag art contest

By Barbara LaBoe

With our fundamental faculty litter bag art contest complete, one factor is clear: Our messaging is ready to get fairly a inventive boost!



We requested kids in grades 1 to 6 to ship us art work for new Adopt-A-Highway litter bags and we have been pleased to see the huge artwork. And, simply as exciting, have been the inventive methods scholars got here up with sharing our litter prevention messages.
Lanie Burchfiel, 9

Our crews, alongside with our useful Adopt-a-Highway volunteers, clean about 600 plenty of trash off of extra than 18,000 miles of state roadways each year. Despite that effort, roadside litter stays an ongoing concern and concern. And the least difficult solution to deal with the concern is to steer clear of the trash from getting to the roadways within the primary place.



So, we requested our state's scholar artists to lend us a hand in spreading the prevention message. It wasn't an simple resolution choosing amongst virtually a hundred entries, but our judges lastly chose 4 designs that could be featured at the baggage – one layout per bag.
Ronin Sole, 11

And the winners are...

Samantha Daniel, 7, of North Star Elementary
Lanie Burchfiel, 9, of Tekoa Elementary
Logan Domingo, 10, of Shorewood Elementary
Ronin Sole, 11, Voyager Elementary
The judges' choices span the state and age levels and contain stylized drawings of mountains and trees, a drawing of a big earth or even a pet supporting cheer on disposing of trash properly.
Logan Domingo, 10

We namely needed to attain out to kids for this contest simply due to the fact we needed them to share the message now not in basic terms among their peers, but additionally with the adults of their lives. We'd also be remiss if we did now not thank the various academics and different educators who helped share the information of the contest. Working collectively we are able to all take steps to scale back roadside litter, which creates a higher and purifier environment for everyone.



With the designs selected, we will now work with printers and wish to have the luggage – made from biodegradable plastic – published by way of means of past due summer. They'll be handy at network occasions as nicely as at our local offices. (We normally restrict bags to at least one per driver to guarantee everybody has a threat to acquire them).
Samantha Daniel, 7

Please enroll in us in congratulating the 4 chose artists as nicely as everybody who participated. And, please depend those suggestions for supporting preserve our highways clean:

Secure all loads, even "quick trips" in metropolis – it is the law and it could stay away from accidents as nicely as roadside litter
Never throw trash or different presents within the again of pickups the place they will fly out and land at the roadways
Keep music of trash inner your automobile so that it does not fall out whilst you go out the vehicle
Never toss litter out of a automobile or alongside a roadway

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