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More than 300 Connecticut Students Get Art and Poetry Awards from EPA

Release Date: 06/05/2001
Contact Information: Amy Miller, EPA Press Office (617-918-1042)

More than 300 children from elementary schools in Connecticut will be at the Lincoln Theater at the University of Hartford at 10:30 am today, Tuesday, June 5, 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."

Doug Gutro 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:

Brooklyn Middle School, Brooklyn
St Gabriel School, Windsor
Maimonides Academy, Danbury
Assumption School, Fairfield
Deer Run School, East Haven
Har-Bur Middle School, Burlington
St. Thomas The Apostle, West Hartford
King Street Intermediate School, Danbury
John Winthrop School, Bridgeport
Edna Stevens School, Cromwell
Hartland Elementary School, East Hartford
South School, New Canaan
Glenville School, Greenwich
Oliver Ellsworth Elementary, Windsor
Black Rock Elementary School, Thomaston
Southeast Elementary School, Mansfield
St. Brendan's School, New Haven
Dr C.E. Murphy School, Oakdale
Burr District Elementary School, Higganum
St. Thomas School, Southington
Hebron Elementary School, Hebron
Killingly Intermediate School, Dayville
Joseph DePaolo Middle School, Southington
Captain Nathan Hale School, Coventy