Local org sponsors K-12 essay and art contests for energy awareness

Submitted by Shawn
2008-01-07 11:33:03

The Green Decade Coalition/Newton (Massachusetts) with funding from local utility NSTAR, the Newton Schools Foundation, and other organizations, is offering two contests on energy conservation this year:
Energy Conservation Essay Contest
Energy Conservation Art Contest
The contests are open to all students in grades K-12 who either live or go to school in Newton:
Elementary (K-2, 3-5)
Middle School (6-8)
High School (9-12)
Students may choose to enter either or both contests.

Essays will address three questions on the students' current and future energy conservation actions
Expected essay length depend on the scholastic level of the entrant:
Elementary: 500 words
Middle school: 1000 words
High school: 1500 words
Essays may be submitted on paper or e-mailed to energycontest@greendecade.org

ART Contest
Creative and artistic expression of current and future energy conservation actions
Maximum size: 18"x 24"
2 Dimensional
May use photographs/collage and text
All media welcomed, use of recycled materials encouraged
Artwork may be mailed or submitted at designated locations

For both contests, all entries must be submitted by March 15. Awards will be announced April 2008, close to Earth Day.

The organization provides starter Ideas about how to conserve energy – students are asked to be creative and think of their own ideas:
Conserve by using less electricity.
Conserve by using less gas.
Conserve by driving cars less.
Conserve by using less water.
Conserve by using less paper.
Conserve by shutting off appliances, heat, lights, and air-conditioning when not using them.
Reduce,Reuse and Recycle.

All entries will be judged using a blind judging process — judges will not know the name of the entrant, and all entries will be judged within their designated level (elementary, middle school, high school). Instructions are listed on the contest entry form.

Prizes will be awarded for first, second andtThird places plus distinction prizes at each level. All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

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