The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia has announced the five statewide, age-category winners in its annual West Virginia Recycles Youth Contests. Hundreds of entries in the five age groups were submitted from across the state. The goals of the contests are to encourage students to use their creativity and learn about recycling.
Winning entries in the Coloring Contest were Lucia Scalise in the K-1st grade category and Eliana Michael in the 2nd-3rd grade division. Scalise is a student at St. Mary’s Grade School in Clarksburg. Michael is a student at Mineral Wells Elementary in Wood County. In the Coloring Contest, students identified and colored the recyclable, compostable and trash items on a coloring sheet, then cut and pasted the items next to a drawing of the appropriate compost, recycle or trash bin. Scalise and Michael each received a $25 Visa gift card and their teachers each received a $75 Visa gift card for classroom materials.
Winning entries in the Coalition’s Freedom Contest were Greyson Pace in the 4th-6th grade age group; Keira Dunn in the 7th-8th grade category; and Kerstyn Clendenen in the 9th-12th grade group. Pace is a student at Welch Elementary. Dunn attends Mountaineer Middle School in Monongalia County. And Clendenen is a student at Point Pleasant High School. The Freedom Contest encourages older students to create a painting or drawing, write a poem, compose or record a song, produce a video, write an essay, or complete another project with a recycling theme. Each winner received a $75 prize. Pace’s teacher and Dunn’s teacher each received a companion prize of $100, while Clendenen’s 4-H club, the Haer Bears of Mason County, received $100.
Since 1999, the Recycling Coalition of WV, Inc. has been advocating recycling and West Virginians to make purchasing decisions based on recycled content or the ability to recycle the material once the product has completed its useful life. We coordinate annual programs like the ReFashion Show, give prizes for participants who sign a pledge to support recycling, sponsor youth contests, provide teacher lesson plans on trash and recycling.
The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) environmental organization whose mission is to promote the effective and sustainable reduction, reuse and recycling of materials otherwise destined for disposal. These goals are pursued through the promotion of purchasing products made with recycled content material; by coordinating and facilitating activities relative to recycling; and by fostering communications among organizations, government agencies and individuals through the sharing of ideas through educational outreach.
20TH Annual ReFashion Show - November 19, 2022