Part of Great American Cleanup effort, poster entries should focus on litter-free places

The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission is still accepting entries in its statewide student poster contest for Grades K-5. KAB invites students to put their creativity on paper and enter this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest. Entry deadline is Friday, March 1.

“Each year, it is exciting to see how our youth interpret the beauty of our state and illustrate it through their posters,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB and statewide coordinator of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. “Last year, we welcomed 206 entries and we hope for more this year. Our youth are especially important in teaching all of us to keep Arkansas beautiful.”

The contest is open to all elementary-aged students, Scouts, 4-H club members and home-schooled students. One poster per class or group should be submitted for statewide judging.

Entries will be accepted in two divisions: grades K-2 and grades 3-5. Posters must not be larger than 8 ½” x 11” and can be submitted on any sort of paper medium, including copier paper, construction paper and poster board.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three posters in each division. KAB and Great American Cleanup in Arkansas representatives will recognize winners in their local communities during March and April. Winning posters and honorable mentions will be displayed April 22-26 at the Thea Foundation of Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, as well as on KAB’s Facebook page.

Entries are due Friday, March 1, by mail or delivery to Keep Arkansas Beautiful, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-007, Little Rock, AR 72201. Additional information about contest rules and entry are available at http://bit.ly/KABContest, by emailing info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com or by calling (888)-742-8701 toll-free.

The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s busy tourism season. Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at http://bit.ly/KABClean. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at http://bit.ly/KABevnt. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May.