An annual poster contest that fights litter is still accepting submissions.
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s Trash Poster Contest selects 12 winning designs for anti-litter posters from thousands of submissions from Oklahoma students, which are then compiled into a calendar for the next year. A final poster is selected as the TPC Promotional Poster of the Year.
Public information officer Madeline Miller said this marks the 27th year of the contest.
“This is for awareness,” Miller said. “It’s a chance for students to express their art, and it’s a great opportunity for children to learn about the issues concerning litter.”
The poster contest serves as an anti-littering campaign. Schools can teach lessons about litter’s effects on the environment while students work on their submissions. ODOT spends $5 million a year on combating litter, and does additional clean-up with the help of volunteers.
“You can get some general lesson plan ideas from the ODOT website, but teachers can create their own plans for the contest,” Miller said.
Participants can place first, second and third in three age brackets: Kindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade and ninth through twelfth grade. One entry will be selected as the Poster of the Year, making for 13 winners total.
Calendars from the 2017 competition are available through the ODOT website or at local ODOT beautification offices. Copies can also be requested from the main ODOT Beautification Office at 405-521-2557 or through email at beautification@odot.org. Entry forms for the contest are available online at http://www.okladot.state.ok.us/beauty/poster/index.htm.
State judging will wrap up in early March. Winners will be announced in April and honored at an awards event where each will receive a cash award. State winners also will receive t-shirts, mounted poster board copies and laminated placemats of their designs and their teachers will receive vouchers for a two-night stay at an Oklahoma State Park and vouchers for art supplies.