Governor Pat McCrory proclaimed Nov. 15 as America Recycles Day in North Carolina to encourage people to recycle and reuse materials to save money, conserve resources and protect the environment. America Recycles Day, which was also celebrated nationwide Nov. 15, is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting recycling. Events occur throughout November in North Carolina to mark the occasion.
The Department of Environmental Quality recognized the following students for theRE3.org and the Recycle Guys’ poster contests the agency helps coordinate each year:
- Erin Lockamy, who is a student in Mrs. Caracci’s 11th grade class at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, took first place in the RE3.org contest. Heather Cashwell, a DEQ outreach and education coordinator who coordinated a panel of judges, said Lockamy’s poster won because she used humor and a well-done illustration to convey that paper cartons are recyclable.
- Kerry Campion, a student in Mrs. Reinsvold’s 8th grade class at Knox Middle School in Salisbury, grabbed first place in the Recycle Guys’ poster contest. Campion’s poster was really attractive with an inspiring message to recycle, Cashwell said.
- Jenell Contreras, a 3rd grader from South Smithfield Elementary, and Lukah Prevatt, a 5th grader from John Small Elementary School, earned honorable mentions in the Kindergarten through 8th grade Recycle Guys Poster Contest.
- Shirley Chen and Megan Reisch, who are students at J.H. Rose High School in Greenville, received honorable mentions in the RE3.org contest. Kevin Dunning, a student at Cape Fear High School, also received an honorable mention in theRE3.org contest.
The winners were among hundreds of North Carolina school children from kindergarten through 12th grade who participated in the America Recycles Day Poster Contests by designing poster art and slogans that encourage recycling. The contests are sponsored by the Recycle Guys, RE3.org, the Carton Council and Keep North Carolina Beautiful.
All the students who won will receive cash prizes from the Carton Council and recycling stickers, pencils and activities. One winner from the high school entries will be selected and used by the Carton Council to promote the recycling of milk and juice cartons in high schools nationwide. The winning K-8 poster will also be used in North Carolina elementary and middle schools to encourage others to recycle.