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We are excited to announce the 23rd annual Keep It Clean Kansas Calendar Contest! This yearly contest is hosted by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Winners will be chosen from every grade level K-12 from across the state to have their artwork showcased in a calendar that will be distributed to over 17,000 Kansans! Each of the winners will receive a poster-sized version of their artwork signed by Governor Laura Kelly and KDHE Secretary Dr. Lee A. Norman and additional prizes.

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 your students.


This year's theme: "Recycle Right-What Really Belongs in the Recycle Bin"

Did you know there is a RIGHT way to recycle? Just like school, recycling has rules. If those rules are not followed, the quality of the recyclables is lost, and the items can no longer be repurposed. But don't worry, the rules are simple! 1. Make sure that what you are throwing in the bin is recyclable. Check with your local recycling center for their requirements. 2. Clean and dry your recyclables. 3. Keep food and liquids out of the recycling bin. 4. Don't put your recyclables in trash bags. Follow these easy steps, and you can help keep Kansas clean! How will your artwork show Kansans how to recycle right?

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 September 30, 2021.

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 Outreach Coordinator
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