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2000 - Government Award - Education & Promotion - Trash Poster Contest Coordinating Committee

For ten years, the Oklahoma Trash Poster Contest has given Oklahoma school children the chance to discuss litter and its effects on the environment. Students K-12 create their own posters urging others to “Stop Trashing Oklahoma Please” or “Give Oklahoma a Clean Sweep.” Large copies of posters are distributed to schools and businesses, and a calendar of the 12 state winners has become very popular, with 34,000 distributed statewide in 1999 and 42,000 in 2000.

The program has been duplicated in several states, but none has had the success that the contest generates in Oklahoma. The partnership of so many different groups and the great involvement from school children are the keys to their success. The students come up with more original and interesting ideas than any ad agency would have done, and through their own word of mouth, the message to stop litter is spread even further. Out of the mouths of babes, THE TRASH POSTER CONTEST IS SUPER NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S ENVIRONMENT!