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It is time for the Annual Keep It Clean Kansas Calendar Contest! This yearly contest is hosted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Students create an original drawing that represents the contest theme. A winner will be chosen from each grade level K-12 and their drawing will be featured in the calendar. The grand prize winner's drawing will land the cover. Due to Covid-19, in lieu of an in-person celebration each winner will receive a gift card and prize basket and a poster-sized version of their artwork signed by Governor Laura Kelly and KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee A. Norman.

This calendar aims to increase awareness of the importance of reducing waste, recycling, and composting in the state of Kansas. We hope this competition encourages conversation on environmental topics among students.

This year's theme is: "Trash to Treasure"

Trash to Treasure can mean many things to different people. Thrifting is a way to reduce waste and give old items a new life. Recycling can turn a used water bottle into a park bench, and food scraps can be made into compost to provide nutrients to a garden. Once was old can be made new again. It's up to the artist on what this means to them.

The Rules:

  1. Only artwork submitted on 8.5x11 inch paper in landscape orientation will be accepted.
  2. Copyright materials such as cartoon characters or team mascots (Wildcats, Jayhawks, Royals, etc.) cannot be published
  3. 1st Place Winner from the previous two years are not eligible to win.
  4. Artwork must be postmarked by October 16, 2020.

How to enter:

On the back of the artwork in legible writing include the:
Students Name
Grade
School
Name of Teacher
Teachers Email

Mail Artwork To:

KDHE-BWM
1000 SW Jackson St
Suite 320
Topeka, KS 66612

For Questions:
Jessica Ruiz| Public Administrator
785-296-1617
jessica.ruiz@ks.gov

Common FAQ's:

How are the winners determined?
A committee will sort through art for each grade level until they come to a unanimous decision on the top five pieces of art. The artwork is then sent out in a survey to all KDHE employees. These votes will determine the winners.

Why doesn't the public get to vote?
Since we accept artwork from all over the state, school size varies greatly. By keeping voting internally, we can keep voting fair and not have a large school outvote a smaller one.

Will my students get their art back?
No. Unfortunately, we receive hundreds of submissions for each grade level. Getting everyone's artwork back to the right person would be very difficult. We recommend you make copies of your student's artwork before you send it in.

What kind of medium can the artist use?
Artist's Choice. Color pencil, crayon, paint, charcoal. We have seen it all.

How will we know who won?
The teacher of the winning student will be contacted by email. Winners will also be announced on the Keep It Clean Kansas Facebook and Instagram pages.

Will there be a party for the winners this year?
Unfortunately, due to Covid-19, we will not be having a party. We are sad that we won't celebrate the winners in person, but everyone's safety is a top priority. We will be using the funds generally spent on the party to award each of the winners a gift card.

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2019 Keep It Clean Kansas Calendar