For Immediate Release
October 12, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Calendar Contest Opens for Online Voting

Kansans can help select artwork for 2012 Kansas Don't Spoil It! Calendar

Topeka—The poll is now open for Kansans to vote for their favorite student artwork to be featured in the 2012 Kansas Don’t Spoil It! calendar, a project the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) Bureau of Waste Management (BWM) has sponsored for more than a decade.

Through Oct. 21, Kansans can select their favorite calendar artwork online at .

The annual Kansas Don't Spoil It! calendar contest is open for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. This year, the contest ran from Aug. 8 through Sept. 30, and BWM received thousands of submissions. For each grade level, BWM has narrowed down the entries to five semi-finalists from which voters can select.

“We were very impressed with all contest submissions we received this year, and we appreciate our Kansas students for the creativity and time that went into their artwork,” said Bill Bider, director. KDHE Bureau of Waste Management. “I encourage Kansans to take a few minutes to enjoy these inspiring and fun entries and to show support for these students by casting votes for your favorites.”

The top vote-getting entry will be featured on the calendar cover. The goal of publishing the calendar is to increase awareness of environmental issues such as natural resource conservation, waste management, recycling and other ways to make Kansas a "greener" state. Each year, the calendar features artwork that demonstrates the importance of environmental stewardship as well as routine behaviors everyone can practice to preserve the beauty and natural resources of Kansas.

The winning students will be recognized in a special meeting and photo event with Governor Sam Brownback to be held in November.