Monday, February 8, 2016

Green Up Vermont Poster Contest Winners

Green Up Vermont announced the 2017 Green Up 

Day poster contest winners.

Congratulations to the 2017 Green Up Day Poster Design 

Contest Winners!

Overall Winner: Hope Petraro, Grade 9, Montpelier.

Grade k-4 winner: Misha Chirkov,  
            Grade 2, Newbury

Grade 5-8 winner: Graciana Maier, 

            Grade 7, Sunderland

Grade category 9-12 winner: Perin Patel, Mt. Anthony Union High School, Grade 11, teacher - Jim Cross.

2017 Green Up Vermont Writing Contest winners

Overall Writing Contest Winner: Isibeal Bohan, Grade 4, Bradford

Every year on the first Saturday in May, is a big deal to a big portion of Vermonters. This event has been going on since April 18, 1970. On the special day all Vermonters are gathered around to give our lovely state its spring cleaning. In our state people go on highways picking up trash that other people throw out their windows. Because trash on roads may seem like not a big deal but it can be really unsafe depending on the trash. People make fundraisers to encourage other people to clean up Vermont. Because we are good by ourselves but we are great together. People also wear t-shirts and wrist bands to show Green Up Day spirit. There are crowds of people all over Vermont participating in this event. Join us in our 47th Green Up Day. Because anybody can take part in making our beautiful state a better place and our nation an even better one.

Honorable Mention:

Our Earth Deserves a Random Act of Kindness by Nora Wooten, 6th Grade, Cornwall

                As our climate hurdles dangerously close to the point of no return, we all have to contribute to saving our Earth in whatever way we can. Whether it’s creating energy efficient technology, or walking down a state highway and picking up trash, our actions make the difference.
                At my school we are as eco-friendly as possible. From our garden we harvest organic produce to use in our kitchen, and we recently gifted a wind turbine. Every spring for Green Up Day, our entire school of eighty kids goes out to tackle the trash.
                The past fall, my sixth grade class built a “Loose Parts Playground” at our school. Using old birch logs, ratty twine, wood chips and hay bales – materials some would consider rubbish – we’ve made an interesting fort building area for kids to explore.
                As I’ve grown up and become more aware of our world, I’ve realized how much I care. In December, my sixth grade class learned about the “pay it forward” movement. Green Up Vermont is sort of like that; while Greening Up our Earth we are performing a random act of kindness – for ourselves, our Earth, and our future.

Honorable Mention:

   Green Up Day Vermont  By Calvin Carbee, 6th grade, Newbury Elementary, Teacher: Geraint Jones

In Vermont the landscape is beautiful, the lakes are glamorous, the mountains are elegant, the rivers are magnificent and all of that is what Green Up Day is for. It is to preserve the best of Vermont and is for keeping the beauty. When I keep the state clean, it makes me feels like I’m making a difference in the world.

View more at Green Up Vermont's website.


Green Up Vermont announced the 2016 Green Up Day poster contest winners.

Over all Winner 
Charlotte Brace, Grade 11, Montpelier High School

Grade K-4 Winner Jordan Alley,
 Grade 4, Blue Mountain Union School, 
Wells River Teacher: Jennifer Dube

 Grade 5-8 WinnerBobby Cody, 
Grade 7, Main Street Middle School, Montpelier
 Teacher: Rhonda Brace 

Grade 9-12 Winner Keara Ellerson McMullan, 
Grade 10, Montpelier High School 
Teacher: Barbara Austin-Hutchins

My Favorites from previous years.

  See all the Past Poster Design winners 1980-2015 posters on the Green Up Vermont web site. 

Click for 2015 Photos of South Burlington Green Up Day.

Over 15,000 people volunteer annually in picking up litter (over 40,000 bags of trash) on Green Up Day. View  GREEN UP VERMONT, to find a list of town coordinators. hare the website with your family-download winning poster, view photos and videos, buy t-shirts, check out the blog, learn about Green up Day history,and more,

Many do not know the "state" does not manage Green Up Day.  The non-profit org. must raise about 80% of its funds from the private sector.   Interested individuals can also donate money.

     When in my teens, no longer a child needing my parent’s attendance yet still harboring a deep down desire for family experiences, I sought out Green Up Day as a continuation of tradition mixed with my growing independence. 

      As I joined friends that Saturday morning I felt like we were doing something good that seemed leveraged well beyond the ten or twelve bags of trash we collected. The activity was not as work anymore than climbing the hill to slide back down was in the winter. What I saw and felt that Saturday encourages me to view every day that I walk outdoors as Green Up Day.

      I seldom see so many families and friends gathered enjoying each other’s company in a statewide yet community based tradition as on Green Up Day.  Join your group on Green Up Day, Saturday May 7, 2016. Collaborate with those whom make Vermont a special place and Green Up Day a day to remember. 

Bernie publishes photos reflecting Vermont values of Green and Clean and Community. He urges us all to, pick up litter and maintain a litter free environment through caring, community, and contribution in order to protect our water, wildlife, and human health.