For Immediate Release
September 2, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE Announces 2009 Kansas Don't Spoil It Calendar Contest

It is time for the Annual Kansas Don’t Spoil It Calendar Contest. This yearly contest is hosted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and will feature student artwork for each month of the year.

“We’re looking for artwork that demonstrates the importance of good environmental practices and shows things that everyone can do to preserve the beauty and natural resources of Kansas,” said Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of KDHE.

Through the years, KDHE has seen increased participation in the contest as teachers use it in the classroom as an opportunity to combine art expression with environmental awareness.

The postmark deadline for artwork is September 30, 2008. Winners will be announced in late fall and the final calendar will be available toward the end of December.

Artwork can be created using markers, watercolors, tempera, oils, crayon, chalk, acrylic, or colored pencils. Pen and ink artwork will not be accepted. All artwork must be submitted on 8.5 x 11, unlined white paper. Artwork should be mailed flat; please do not fold. Each entry must include the student’s name, date, grade, school name, school address, school phone number and teacher’s name on the back. Entries become the property of KDHE and may be used for promotional purposes. Entries cannot be returned.

In April, past calendar contest entries were incorporated into an Earth Day art project by Kansas environmental artist Stan Herd – a video of Herd assembling his project on the floor of Landon Arena in Topeka can be seen on YouTube by visiting

Additional contest information and an entry form can be found at