Earth Day Challenge


Kent County Department of Public Works organizes an Annual Earth Day Challenge.

2018 Earth Day Challenge

The Kent County Recycling and Education Center hosts an Annual Earth Day Challenge. This year, students are asked to do one of the following: LEARN, ACT, or SHARE about carton recycling.

LEARN – Create a poster or art piece communicating a fact about recycling cartons
ACT – Take steps to create or improve a recycling program for cartons at your school
SHARE – Organize a community or school event to share information about carton recycling

Registration Information

Please sign up here to register for the Annual Earth Day Challenge and receive a complete list of rules.





2017 Earth Day Challenge Winners

First Place

“Argh… Time to Recycle”

created by Corinne Nordlund, Cora Draft, and Cohen Bloem, Kettle Lake Elementary, 2nd grade

What does it mean to you to be a recycling super hero?

“A RECYCLING SUPER HERO lives to recycle. They don’t just recycle sometimes they do it all the time. They look for ways to reuse materials instead of buying new. Last year our spring musical was all about recycling. We made everything out of recycled items even our instruments. This year the musical theme was Pirates, but we still created all of the set and decorations from recyclable materials like old cardboard boxes and packing materials or reused things people already had like wooden crates, lanterns, and jewels. We did not want to create more garbage. This hourglass was one of the props in the show. As RECYCLING SUPER HEROES we are always looking for ways to reduce the amount of trash we send to a landfill. At Kettle Lake our mission is to be RECYCLING SUPER HEROES every day.

Second Place

“LCD (Lego Candy Dispenser)”

Created by Connor VanVlerah and Jacob VanVlerah, St. Patrick School, 3rd and 5th grade

What does it mean to you to be a recycling super hero?

“Being a recycling hero to us means leaving a cleaner Earth for us to live in which should help people to live healthier and longer.”

Third Place

“Captain Canada”

Created by Aaron Garcia, Vince jaramillo, and Bryan Santos-Flores,Godfrey Elementary, 5th grade

What does it mean to you to be a recycling super hero?

“Being a super hero, to me, means picking up visible trash and encouraging people to recycle to make sure animals don’t get hurt and to reuse things so they’re always there.”

More Entries

“Super Bat, Super Girl”

Created by Liam Cull, Jaslanie Mota, Godfrey-Lee ECC, Kindergarten

What does it mean to you to be a recycling super hero?

“Reuse things before they get thrown away because it makes places cleaner.  It is good for the water.  It is good for the air.  It is good for the ground.  Using the bottles helps water.”

Steve and His Dog on a Mindcraft Adventure

Created by Sam Bott, Mia Henne, and Lexi Szymanski, Holy Spirit, 4th Grade

What does it mean to you to be a recycling super hero?

“To us it means to help the world.  We help, care for, and respect the Earth.  We reuse items instead of throwing them away.”

“KC the Super Recycling Raccoon”

Created by Joshua LeClair, Homeschool, 1st grade

What does it mean to you to be a recycling super hero?

“Saving the planet!”

“Cat-Dog Bottle”

Created by Allison Huffman, Grandview Elementary, 3rd grade

What does it mean to you to be a recycling super hero?

“To share the joy of the old series CatDog.  A recycling her finds ways to help the world.”

“Aquamen vs. the Water Drainers”

Created by Georgia Fellows, Central Elementary, 3rd grade

What does it mean to you to be a recycling super hero?

“Recycling super heroes help the planet.”

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