Oklahoma children have the opportunity to create a unique piece of art about the importance of not littering and be selected for the state’s 2021 Trash Poster Calendar.

The annual statewide calendar features student’s anti-litter posters, which remind Oklahomans to keep our land grand by not littering.

The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31 for students enrolled in kindergarten through 12th grade. Entries must be received at the local county Department of Environmental Quality Office, 601 SW C, by the deadline. County judging and awards, coordinated by local DEQ offices, will take place in February and winning entries will be sent to the state competition in March.

The contest encourages students to learn about Oklahoma’s litter issues and propose solutions through art and classroom litter education curriculum. Entry categories are set by grade: kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade.

One poster from the 2021 contest will be selected as the state Promotional Poster of the Year and printed in large format for the public to use in displays, newsletters and promotions. Another poster will be selected for use on entry forms.

The 14 state winners will receive cash prizes in each of the four age divisions: $250 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third. The State Promotional Poster of the Year will receive a $200 prize. The winners of the contest, their families and teachers will be invited to an awards event in April, and students will be introduced on the floor of the House of Representatives at the State Capitol. Teachers of the winners will receive a two-night stay at an Oklahoma state park and a voucher for classroom art supplies.

Entries must be original concepts with positive themes related to litter and must be 12-by-18 inches or 11-by-17 inches on paper or poster board. Syndicated characters, computer generated images, glue, glitter or any material that could harm scanning or copying equipment will not be accepted.

Additional information is available by contacting the ODOT Beautification Office at 405-521-2557 or at odot.org/tpc.

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