5th & 6th grade student writers, artists invited to compete in poster, poetry & prose contest

Poster, Poetry, and Essay logo (Source: Illinois EPA)
Poster, Poetry, and Essay logo (Source: Illinois EPA)

(KBSI) – The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency invites fifth and sixth grade writers and artists from around Illinois to participate in this year’s Poster, Poetry, and Prose Contest.

The contest theme for the 2023 awards is “Environmental Justice: A Healthy Environment for All!” It focuses on understanding environmental justice and how it relates to healthy communities.

In addition, Illinois EPA launched its first annual High School Poster, Poetry, and Essay Contest. The theme for the 2023 high school program is “Environmental Justice: A Healthy Community for All – Uplifting Community Voices!” It focuses on understanding the need for environmental justice and why voices from overburdened communities are vital to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

Educators are encouraged to introduce Environmental Justice, what it is, how some communities are disproportionately impacted by pollution, and why it is important that their voices are heard.

Informational resources have been shared by the Illinois EPA on the contest pages. Students are then asked to create posters or written works for the contests related to the theme’s focus. Teachers may then display the submissions for voting and submit final entries to the Illinois EPA for further judging. Teachers may submit up to eight entries per school to the Illinois EPA by February 1, 2023. Awards for both programs will be announced in April 2023.

Tap here for additional information for elementary students on the Poster, Poestry and Prose Contest.

Tap here for more information for the High School Contest.

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