MoDOT invites students K-8 to participate in trash-can-decorating contest

(KBSI) – The Missouri Department of Transportation invites Missouri students in grades K-8 to participate in the 2023 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash-can-decorating contest.

MoDOT encourages student to help fight litter in Missouri – and to have creative and educational fun – by participating in the trash-can-decorating contest. It is part of MoDOT’s annual “No MOre Trash!” statewide litter campaign, which is held in April.

The contest encourages school aged kids to join in the fight against litter by decorating a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter prevention message using a variety of creative materials.

Schools, or home school programs, may submit one trash can entry in each competition category.

Categories include grades:

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8

Entries are judged based on creativity, adherence to the contest rules and effective use of the theme and logo.

First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools.

Then, all first-place winners are eligible for a grand prize of $600 and a trophy awarded to the sponsoring school.

There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online with up to three photos and a release form by March 17.

Visit for contest rules, entry forms, release forms, logos, past winners and educational information.

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