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100 Students From Maine Get Art and Poetry Awards from EPA

Release Date: 05/31/2001
Contact Information: Amy Miller, EPA Press Office (617-918-1042)

BOSTON – About 100 children from elementary schools in Maine will be at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Augusta at 1 pm Monday, June 4, to receive awards from the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"These young artists, working with their teachers, created artwork for EPA New England's 29th annual Paul G. Keough Earth Artist contest," said EPA's acting regional administrator Ira Leighton. "The art addresses environmental challenges we all face, and helps us to remember how we can all make a difference in creating a cleaner world. We should all honor these students and their teachers, who may well be tomorrow's environmental leaders."

Rodney Elliott of EPA New England will be master of ceremonies and will give students their awards. Winners of the Earth Artist contest will get a certificate at a ceremony in their state; and participation certificates will be given to every class that enters the contest.

Teachers who wanted to take part in this program for students in grades kindergarten through six talked about environmental issues in class and then asked students to create a poem or poster with an environmental theme on a recycled paper grocery bag. The best entry from each class was sent to EPA New England to be judged by EPA staff.

Schools with winning students and classes, as well as their towns, are as follows:

The Spurwink School, Portland
Owls Head Central School, Owls Head
St. Thomas School, Sanford
Enfield Station School, Enfield
Morison Elementary School, Corinth
South School, Rockland
Sea Road School, Kennebunk
Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Cape Elizabeth
T. C. Hamlin School, Randolph
Vassalboro Community School, Vassalboro
Machias Valley Christian School, Machias
Deer Pond Edu-Care, Buxton
Saccarappa School, Westbrook
Ogunquit Village School, Ogunquit
Mary Sn
ow School, Bangor
Wayne Elementary School, Wayne