Butler poster designers enjoy breath of fresh air

November 7, 2013 by  

For four years in a row, the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership and the Pennsylvania Resources Council has sponsored a poster contest for students in grades 4 through 12, and it is now open once more.

The Let’s Clear the Air Poster Challenge calls upon students in seven counties in Western Pennsylvania, including Butler, to create a poster that promotes eco-friendly transportation and clean air. The contest is open to students who attend both public and private schools, and judging is conducted in four categories.

Students in grades 4 and 5 can enter a freehand category, as can students in grades 6 through 8. Older students in grades 9 through 12 can submit to the graphic design or freehand categories. Students who enter the graphic design category might consider using poster printing services to create copies of their work.

The poster contest has grown in popularity and participation each year since it was introduced. Last year, nearly 3,000 students from more than 40 schools in Western Pennsylvania participated. Along with having students design the posters, teachers can also work the clean air theme into their lesson plans. The Air Quality Partnership provides teachers with educational materials and lesson plans on clean transportation, clean air, and conserving energy.

Participating schools can submit up to three winning designs to the Pennsylvania Resources Council by March 1. The winner in each category will receive a bike and a magic show for their school. Teachers who submit the winning posters will receive a $100 gift card for classroom supplies.