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2005 - Team Builders Award - Education & Promotion - Carter County Poster Contest

Poster art contests long have been a mainstay of educational efforts for a variety of causes, but the participation of students from southern Oklahoma in the O-Dot annual statewide anti-litter poster contest had dropped to low levels. For the Ardmore Beautification Council, that was a clear call to action. 

A contest just for Carter County was developed, promoted and supported with prizes for students and their teachers in four age categories. The winner’s work would then be submitted to the state contest where even larger prizes loomed.

Just days before the deadline, not a single entry had been submitted, but then they came flooding in – 650 poster entries, marking the largest participation ever by area students. Winners soon were selected and notified, along with the parents, teachers and principals. Copies of the winning entries were put on public display while the originals were sent to the statewide competition.

Although none of the state winners came from Carter County this year, all involved are sure it will be just a matter of time before their ongoing project produces one of the 12 winners that get printed in the Oklahoma anti-litter calendar.

Our judges hope others will copy this project, which they called “cleverly planned and executed.” Carter County’s poster contest is a colorful message of good news for Oklahoma’s kids learning about the importance of a litter-free state.