Do you have a young artist in the family? The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) is still accepting entries in its statewide student poster contest. KAB invites students in kindergarten through fifth grades to put their creativity on paper and enter this year’s Keep Arkansas Beautiful Great American Cleanup® Youth Poster Contest. Entry deadline is Thursday, March 1 2018.

In a press release, Liz Philpott said “The entries we’ve already received have been fantastic,” Philpott is the Volunteer Program Manager at KAB and statewide coordinator of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. “Each year, the posters get better and better, and I can’t wait to see the others yet to come. Our youth are especially important in making and keeping Arkansas beautiful. Don’t miss the March 1 deadline!”

The contest is open to all elementary-aged students in Arkansas. Scouts, 4-H club members and home-schooled students are also encouraged to enter. One poster per class or group should be submitted for statewide judging.

Entries will be accepted in two divisions: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. Posters must be no larger than 8 ½" x 11" and can be submitted on any sort of paper medium, including copier paper, construction paper and poster board.

Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 posters in each division. KAB and Great American Cleanup in Arkansas representatives will recognize winners in their local communities during March and April. Winning posters and honorable mentions will be displayed April 16-27 at the Thea Foundation Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, as well as on KAB’s Facebook page.

Entries are due Thursday, March 1, by mail or delivery to Keep Arkansas Beautiful, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-007, Little Rock, AR 72201. Additional information about the contest is available at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com, by emailing info@keeparkansasbeautiful.com or by calling 888-742-8701 toll-free.

The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s busy tourism season. Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at http://bit.ly/2018GAC. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May.

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