Encouraging Missouri students to not litter

<p>The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Department of Transportation are encourging students to partcipate in the 2014 â??Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Freeâ?? trash-can-decorating contest.

The Missouri Department of Conservation is teaming up with the Missouri Department of Transportation to build awareness about littering with today's youth.

Missouri public, private and home-school students in grades K-8 are invited to help in the fight against litter in the Show-Me State by participating in the 2014 â??Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Freeâ?? trash-can-decorating contest trough March 14th.

The annual trash-can contest encourages school classes and groups to join the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the â??No More Trash!â?? logo.

"Really educating young people, they not only take it to the heart but they also take it home and take it out to their communities. So by helping them understand and appreciate how littering hurts us all, they can take that back to their homes, their families through their schools and communities," said Joe Jerek of the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Schools may submit one entry in each competition category: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Entries are judged based on creativity and effective use of theme and logo.

First-place winners from each competition category receive $200 awarded to the sponsoring schools. All first-place winners are then eligible for a grand prize of a trophy and $600 awarded to the sponsoring school.

There is no entry fee for the contest. Participating school groups must submit a completed entry form online and up to three photos by March 14th.

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