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More than 75 Maine Students Get Art and Poetry Awards from EPA

Release Date: 06/03/2002
Contact Information: Alice Kaufman, Community Affairs Office, 617-918-1064

Boston - More than 75 children from elementary schools in Maine will be at the Augusta Civic Center in Augusta, Maine, at 1 pm tomorrow, Tuesday, June 4, to receive awards from the New England office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"These young artists, working with their teachers, created artwork for EPA New England's 30th annual Paul G. Keough Earth Artist contest," said EPA New England's regional administrator Robert Varney. "They have shown us that they have a good understanding about the environmental challenges we all face, and help us to remember how we can all make a difference in creating a cleaner world. We should all honor these students and their teachers, who may well be tomorrow's environmental leaders."

Maine winners of the Earth Artist contest will be recognized at the ceremony where their art and poetry will be displayed. Students will receive certificates for their accomplishments.

The Earth Artists program requires that teachers use class time to talk about environmental issues. The students are encouraged to submit either a poem or poster to EPA New England that demonstrates their knowledge. Children from kindergarten through sixth grade are eligible to participate. All submissions are judged by a panel of EPA staff.

The following 17 Maine schools will be recognized at the EPA New England ceremony:

    • Pine Street School, Presque Isle
    • School Around Us, Arundel
    • Walton Elementary School, Auburn
    • Mary Snow School, Bangor
    • Madawaska, Elementary School, Madawaska
    • Camp Ketch Program, Scarborough
    • Ogunquit Village School, Ogunquit
    • South School, Rockland
    • St. Thomas School, Arundel
    • Surry Elementary School, Surry
    • Athens Elementary School, Athens
    • Calais Elementary School, Calais
    • Lincolnville Central School, Lincolnville
    • Deer Pond Edu-Care, Buxton
    • Bristol Consolidated School, Pemaquid
    • Morison Elementary School, Corinth
    • Coastal Ridge Elementary School, York