Earth Day Challenge


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

Earth Day Challenge 2017 is finished for the year. Please check back in mid-January for details on Earth Day Challenge 2018. Earth Day Challenge 2018 will officially begin on March 1, 2018 and end on April 16, 2018 just in time to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

2017 Earth Day Challenge

Students were challenged to create a piece of artwork using recyclable and non-recyclable items, BUT with a twist! In 2017, there is a theme to guide the creative process! Students were challenged to “Be a Recycling Hero — Reimagine Trash to Treasure!”

Rules

1. Artists must be in K—5th grade (parents may not create or build, only supervise)
2. Artists may work in groups of 1-3 students
3. Artwork may not be larger than 2’x2’x2’
4. Artwork must include a water bottle and at least one additional recyclable and non-recyclable item
5. One entry per school
6. Entries must be submitted to the Recycling and Education Center (977 Wealthy St. SW, Grand Rapids) by March 31st at 5:00 PM
7. Entries must be submitted with an official entry form (emailed upon registration)

Prizes

1st place—Trophy for the school and each student will receive a 1st place certificate along with a year-long family membership to their choice of John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, or Grand Rapids Public Museum
2nd place—Small trophy for the school and each student will receive individual certificates
3rd place—Ribbon to display at school and each student will receive individual certificates

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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