Anti-littering Contest Produces Timely Student Art

Congratulations Olivia and Eleanor!

Use paper, not plastic – and hold that straw!

Cape Cod Art Center recently filled its walls with student art, after the center asked students throughout the Cape to enter a contest and design posters that would increase public awareness of the consequences of discarding litter across the landscape and the dangers of accumulating plastic products in the oceans.

“Litter-Free Begins with Me” is the theme that was depicted in a gallery filled with posters designed by students in Grades K through 12, submitted from seven different local schools and displayed all week at the Cape Cod Art Center in Barnstable.

Prizes were awarded in student categories K-1; 2-3; 4-5; 6-8 and 9-12, with ribbons posted next to winning posters. Both gallery rooms at the center were hung wall-to-wall with lively, colorful posters depicting what students felt about the practice of littering on roads and beaches and in ocean waters.

Co-sponsors Cumberland Farms, Cape Cod Media Group and other individual donors worked with the art center to enable prize money for the winners. First-place winners receive $100; second place $50; and third place $25.

Schools with first-place winners will also receive $50, to be given to art teachers for use in the classroom. The three first-place winners from grades 9-12 will also receive free tuition to attend an art or photography class at Cape Cod Art Center.

In awarding prizes, Art Center judges looked for originality, message, impact and artistic appeal in submitted posters.

Cape Cod Art Center Director Roberta Miller praised the quality of artwork that was submitted. “Art is a form of communication,” she said. “These students just really ‘got’ it.”

Art Center members formed a committee to organize the contest. “We thought, how good it would be to get the community involved in this important issue,” she said.

In the second- and third-grade division, winners are Elijah Shramek, Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary; Cassandra Daus, Station Avenue Elementary, Yarmouth; and Steven Rose, Stony Brook Elementary, Brewster.

Grades four and five winners are Eleanor Kowal, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, Hyannis; Mariana Viana, Shae McSharry, Kristi-Jo Salmon and Shailoh Zhairah Chambers, all of Nathanial H. Wixon School, South Dennis.

The grade 6-8 winner is Olivia Powers, St. Francis Xavier Preparatory School, Hyannis.

In the grades 9-12 division, the winners are Sydney Leahy and Maggie Theofanides, both Sturgis West, Hyannis; and Kora Stringer, Barnstable High School, Barnstable.

From Barnstable Patriot 

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