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2019 Keep North Dakota Clean contests for Pre-K12 students

Keep North Dakota Clean (KNDC) is celebrating their 51st year for having the largest and longestrunning artwork contests in the state for students in grades PreK-12! The purpose of the contests are to motivate youth and adults to take action in their daily lives to keep our state clean and healthy for the people and animals that live and visit here. Over 10,000 students annually participate in the KNDC contests. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2019. The rules and regulations, along with an entry form for both contests can be downloaded at www.keepnd- clean.org.

KNDC is proud to partner with Newman Outdoor Advertising to sponsor an artwork contest for students in grades Prek-8 and special abilities. Their piece must reflect their knowledge about the responsibility we all have to keep our state and water clean, reduce litter and waste, recycle, plant trees, prevent wildfires, create wildlife habitat, and use all our natural resources wisely.

Every school is encouraged to participate. One winning artwork from each classroom from grades PreK-8 and special needs may be submitted. First place PreK-8 artwork winners receive a cash award of $100, certificate, gold medallion, and have their artwork made into billboards by Newman Outdoor Advertising and placed near their hometowns. Second place winners receive a cash award of $75, certificate, and silver medallion; third place winners receive a cash award of $50, certificate, and a bronze medallion.

KNDC is proud to partner with the ND Parks and Recreation Department to sponsor an artwork contest for students in grades 9-12. Participants create an original piece of artwork with a theme that promotes “Keep North Dakota’s Trails Clean.” Any high school student may submit one entry. The first place artwork contest winner for grades 9-12 will receive a cash award of $100, certificate, and a gold medallion. The second place winner will receive a $75 cash award, certificate, and a silver medallion. The third place winner will receive a cash award of $50, certificate, and a bronze medallion.

The awards ceremony for all will be held in the National Energy Center of Excellence at Bismarck State College in Bismarck, ND, beginning at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26, 2019. A noon luncheon will follow. The 2019 artwork contests grades, themes, and grade sponsors are listed below:

Pre-SCHOOL/KINDERGARTEN: Keep Our Rivers & Lakes Clean – ND Department of Health- Division of Water Quality.

GRADE 1: Keep North Dakota Clean – ND Department of Transportation.

GRADE 2: Happy 75th Smokey! – ND Forest Service-Fire Management and ND State Garden Clubs.

GRADE 3: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – ND Department of Health- Division of Waste Management, ND Solid Waste and Recycling Association, and City of Bismarck Recycling.

GRADE 4: Habitat–Homes for Wildlife – ND Game and Fish Department and ND Chapter of the Wildlife Society.

GRADE 5: Plant a Tree Today! – ND Forest Service-Project Learning Tree.

GRADE 6: Help Prevent Runoff Pollution – ND State Water Commission- Project WET and ND Water Education.

GRADE 7: Keep Our Beaches Clean – ND State Water Commission.

GRADE 8: Explore a Greener North Dakota – ND Parks and Recreation Department.

Pre-K-8 STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL

ABILITIES: Keep North Dakota Clean (or appropriate grade theme) – ND Department of Transportation. GRADES 9-12: Keep North Dakota’s Trails Clean – ND Parks and Recreation Department

The KNDC contests are sponsored by a variety of partnering agencies and organizations who believe, collectively, we can make a positive impact through every day choices and actions. The KNDC sponsors are listed below:

PLATINUM KNDC Sponsors: Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center, McQuade Charity Softball Tournament, Newman Outdoor Advertising, ND Department of Health- Division of Waste Management and Division of Water Quality, ND Department of Transportation, ND Forest Service-Fire Management and Project Learning Tree, ND Game and Fish Department, ND Parks and Recreation Department, ND State Water Commission-Project WET, and Diana Trussell. GOLD KNDC Sponsors: Little Caesar’s Pizza, and ND Department of Public Instruction. SILVER KNDC Sponsors: Dr. Marcus and Margaret Fiechtner, ND Chapter of the Wildlife Society, ND Solid Waste and Recycling Association, and Waste Management Inc. BRONZE KNDC Sponsors: Barr Engineering, Capital City Restaurant Supply, City of Bismarck, Dakota Promotions and Printing, Jean Monroe, ND Association of Soil Conservation Districts, ND State Garden Clubs, ND Natural Resources Trust, Reservation Telephone Cooperative, and US Geological Survey. For more information about the KNDC contests, contact KNDC Inc. president, Jim Collins, Jr. at (701) 328-5161 or jcollins@nd.gov.