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Illinois EPA launches annual contest

Fifth- and sixth-grade writers and artists from around Illinois are invited to compete in this year’s poster, poetry and prose contest sponsored by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and with the partnership of the Illinois State Board of Education.

This year’s contest is focused on environmental justice and how to balance people with industry and learning about environmental issues in their own communities.

Each school can enter up to eight (four posters and four written) works. Entries must be postmarked and sent in to the Illinois EPA by Feb. 3. An in‑house panel from the Illinois EPA judges all entries to select the finalists, whose entries are then judged by an outside panel of authorities to determine the top 12 winners.

Following the awards ceremony and reception, these entries will be on exhibit in the atrium of the Illinois EPA’s headquarters building in Springfield from March 31 through April 30, and the top winners will be featured on the Illinois EPA’s homepage at www.epa.state.il.us.

For information, call 217-558-7198.

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