2016 Youth and Freedom Contest Winners

The entries to the 2016 Freedom Contest created something relating to recycling with paint, drew a picture, write a poem, composed or sing a song, made a short video, wrote an essay, molded a sculpture, created a collage including a theme of recycling.  Winning entries in the Coloring Contest identified the recyclable and compostable items on a coloring sheet. Vivian Crossland, of Davis in Tucker County, won first place in the K-1 coloring category. Crossland is a student at the Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative. The first-place winner in the second-through-third grade coloring category was Ramona Hardy, a student at Hillsboro Elementary in Pocahontas County. Both first-place winners received $50 gift cards and their teachers received $75 gift cards to purchase classroom materials. 

  • Recycling Champions

​ The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is honoring Recycling Champions who reach beyond their normal responsibilities to contribute time and service to support the recycling industry in the Mountain State. These Recycling Champions provide recycling leadership across the state and make a significant contribution to the recycling community.

Links to press releases for 2017 West Virginia Recycling Champions here:

Links to press releases for 2016 West Virginia Recycling Champions here:

2017 Freedom Contest - Winners to be announced soon

2017 ReFashion Slideshow.

Create something relating to recycling.  Paint, draw a picture, write a poem, compose or sing a song, make a short video, write an essay, mold a sculpture, create a collage including a theme of recycling. Teachers may assign a media as part of a classroom assignment.

On the back of each entry: name, age, county, organization or school, contact address, telephone number, sponsor or teacher’s name contact and telephone number.

The winner of each category will receive an award of $50. The winner’s associated group receives a $75 gift card.  A parental consent form will be sent to the winner's guardian prior to announcing the winners on this website.  


Students in grades four through 12 participated in the Freedom Contest, which encourages youth to express themselves by creating a painting or drawing, writing a poem, composing or recording a song, producing a video, writing an essay, sculpting something, or completing any project based on a recycling theme.  Each winner in the Freedom Contest received a $150 gift card and a companion prize of a $200 gift card for their designated teacher, school or organization.

 The Freedom Contest winners were Ethan Kincaid, Rachel Gadd and Abram Leyzorek. Kincaid is a member of the Haer Bears 4-H Club in Point Pleasant, Mason County. He used an old food can to make a luminaria. Gadd is a student at Brooke High School in Wellsburg, Brooke County. She cut up pieces of old magazines to make a collage in the shape of West Virginia, which included a bear, cardinal and trout around the recycling symbol. Leyzorek is a student at Pocahontas County High School. He submitted a short poem entitled, “Jimmy’s Lesson.”
Cash for Educational Outreach Programs
To develop our programs, we provide monetary rewards to encourage participation.  Our programs rely on active participation from teachers, students, environmental youth programs, and supporters of recycling. See our Resources page for more information.

ReFashion Show

​Saturday, November 18, 2017 

Registration Starts at 11:00 AM - Show Starts at 1:00 PM
Outfits must be made from recyclable or reused materials. Entries may be made by an individual or by a group. Participants will have a choice to enter one of four (4) categories. One prize awarded to the top pick from each category.  All participants will be entered into age categories based on the designer's age. Duct-tape is not a recycled material but may be used sparingly.

Themed Category Winners - $50 Charleston Town Center Gift Card for each category.
Overall Winners are from each Age Category: 1st Place - $250, 2nd Place - $200, 3rd Place $150.
  1. ReFashion Flyer 2017
  2. Photo Release Form 2017
  3. ReFashion Show Participants 2016
  4. ReFashion Show Participants 2015
  5. ReFashion Show Participants 2014 
  6. ​ReFashion Show Participants 2013
  7.  ReFashion Show Participants 2012
  8. ReFashion Show Past slide show 

Lesson Plans and Classroom Funding for Teachers

Our Educational Outreach Programs offer chances for teachers to win classroom funding prize money. Teacher Lesson Plans Align to WV Department of Education Content Standards and Objective’s (CSOs) and may be used for across–curriculum instruction.

The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia has created Recycling Lessons for classroom instruction.   Participating teachers will be eligible to win one of six $200 gift cards to be used to purchase instructional materials.

  1. 2016/2017 Recycling Lessons 

  2. 2016/2017 Recycling Investigations

  3. Lesson Plans Brochure 2017 

  4. Youth Contest Coloring Sheet 2017

Lessons may be modified in order to be grade level appropriate and used at different grade levels.
  1. Recycling Lesson Plan 1 - Don’t Waste the Moment 
    Driving question- How much of the waste which is thrown away in the school cafeteria may be composted or recycled?

  2. Recycling Lesson Plan #2 – One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
    Driving question – What does waste disposal cost anyway?

  3. Recycling Lesson Plan #3 – Waste Not Want Not
    ​Driving question – How does a compost pile reduce waste?

  4. Recycling Lesson Plan #4 – Reclaiming and Replacing
    Driving question – What happens to garbage when it leaves the school or my house?

  5. Recycling Investigations Lesson - include text dependent questions, provide graphical representations of data, prompt students with investigations, and may be used across the curriculum instruction. Lessons may be modified in order to be used at different grade levels. 

2016 ReFashion Slideshow

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