Know a child who loves the earth and art? We've got a contest for them.

By Barbara LaBoe

No one likes litter alongside the roadway. We do no longer like seeing it marring our highways and we all recognise the public does no longer either.

Our crews, alongside with our helpful Adopt-a-Highway volunteers, clean about 600 lots of trash off of extra than 18,000 miles of state roadways each year. Despite that effort, roadside litter stays an ongoing difficulty and concern. And the simplest approach to deal with the difficulty is to steer clear of the trash from getting to the roadways within the primary place.

That's the place our state's younger artists come in.

We're creating new Adopt-a-Highway automobile litter bags. The bags assist physically include trash, of course, but we also desire to assist unfold our litter prevention message at the outside. And we'd like a few new art work reminding everybody how combating litter allows preserve our state beautiful.

That includes:

Securing all loads, even "quick trips" in metropolis - it is the law and it will possibly steer clear of accidents as nicely as roadside litter
Never throwing trash or different gifts within the again of pickups the place they will fly out and land at the roadways
Keeping tune of trash internal your car so that it does no longer fall out while you go out the vehicle
Never tossing litter out of a car or alongside a roadway
The desire isn't merely will the contest increase awareness within the subsequent generation of citizens, but that they may even share the message with the adults of their lives proper now. The bags may even remind of us of Adopt-a-Highway volunteer opportunities, with extra info on hand online.
Our Adopt-A-Highway art contest is open to any students in grades 1-6.

So, recognise an standard faculty scholar who might layout the ideal art for our new litter bags? Maybe individual with an eagerness for retaining our state and planet beautiful? Read the information under after which ship us their finest work.

OK, what are the details?

All scholars (except kids of WSDOT staff and contractors) in grades 1-6 are eligible and invited to take part on this contest. Drawings ought to depict the subject of "Keeping Washington Beautiful/Reducing Roadside Litter."

Submissions might be widespread till 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31. All mailed submissions ought to be postmarked via May 31.

Winning submissions might be featured on new Adopt-A-Highway automotive litter bags and can also be featured online, adding on our Adopt-A-Highway web site and our social media channels.

What are the submission requirements?

Electronic: Submissions ought to be 300 dpi or higher, and portrait oriented.
By mail: Submissions ought to be on 8.5 x 11 paper, and portrait oriented.
Media: Submissions ought to be in black and white and hand-drawn (no electronic illustrations, please). Any of proper here media might be used: paint (watercolor, tempera, poster, acrylic, etc.) and drawing materials (pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastels, markers, crayons, etc.). Artists are stimulated to make use of bold, solid strains in black and white only.
Original artwork: All work ought to contain the subject of Keeping Washington Beautiful/Reducing Roadside Litter, (including easy methods to steer clear of litter, why we ought to all hold the state clean, etc.).  No copyright images, textual content or different cloth might be widespread (for example, paintings depicting characters from television shows, video video games or books isn't allowed).
Ownership: Artist submissions shall be handled as being unfastened of restrictions and obstacles to their use. By filing artwork, you provide possession to WSDOT and authorize us to submit your access on our web site indefinitely, and supply us the proper to use, print and publish your design.
Entries in our Adopt-A-Highway art contest should reflect the theme
"Keeping Washington Beautiful/Reducing Roadside Litter"
How to submit drawings
  • Electronic: 
  • Scan, attach, and e mail your drawing with the matter line "Adopt-a-Highway litter bag contest" to the physique of the e mail contain the student's name, age, school, and the greatest telephone quantity and e mail to touch the winner. Also contain parents' names and a observe that they have authorized the submission. Email deadline is 5 p.m. May 31.
  • By Mail: All submissions have to contain a observe with the student's name, age, school, and the greatest telephone quantity and e mail to touch the winner. Also contain parents' names and a observe that they have authorized the submission.Must be postmarked May 31.All difficult copy submissions have to be despatched to right here address:
  • WSDOT Maintenance and Operations Division
  • ATTN: Adopt-a-Highway litter bag contest
  • PO Box 47358
  • Olympia, WA  98504-7358

  • Please note: Each baby might merely put up one drawing.
  • Who will choose the profitable drawing?

  • A panel of judges from our Maintenance Division will evaluate entries. Up to 4 winners might also just be selected. Entries might also just be judged on creativity, originality, readability of theme and creative merit.


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