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EPA New England Kicks-Off 2003 Poem and Poster Contest - Deadline for Submission is March 14

Release Date: 01/28/2003
Contact Information: Kristen Conroy - (617) 918-1069

BOSTON -- The 31st Annual Earth Artists Program sponsored by the New England office of the Environmental Protection Agency is underway for students in grades kindergarten through six to submit poems and posters in which they display ways that they and others can protect the environment.

The program is designed to bring environmental education into the classroom through creative learning by asking teachers to discuss environmental topics with their students and then give the students an opportunity to translate what they have learned into a poem or poster.

The Earth Artists Program is the longest running program in the EPA-New England regional office and the largest of its kind in the country. Last year more than 200 teachers and 1,000 students participated in the program.

Entries must be received by the EPA no later than March 14 and will be judged in early April by a panel of EPA-New England staff and members of environmental, civic and academic groups.

In each New England state, awards will be presented for the best poem and poster in each grade level between kindergarten and six. Winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony held in each state later in the year. Also, all classes that enter will receive a participation certificate.

To receive program rules and an entry form, please contact: EPA's Earth Artists Program by calling 1-888-EPA-7341 or, send e-mail to

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