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Release Date: 01/15/1997
Contact Information: Angela Bonarrigo, EPA Environmental Education, (617) 918-1034

BOSTON -- The 25th 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. In 1996, more than 500 teachers participated involving over 10,000 students.

Entries must be received by the EPA no later than Wednesday March 19, 1997 and will be judged in late March 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:

Angela Bonarrigo (617)918-1034
or Fernando Corredor (617)860-2042

or, send e-mail to

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