Every litter bit hurts, and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful’s Litter Education is a program helping to spread that message. By providing opportunities through creative projects, its three programs (UnCapped, UpCycled, and End Litter) are developed to teach students about the harmful effects of littering and the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. 

Uncapped reaches fourth and fifth graders, who are instructed to collect old bottle caps and create a mural out of them. The students also work on a class-collaborative essay discussing the effects of litter. The winning class will be awarded a pizza party, which the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Executive Directors will attend along with a special Oklahoma City Thunder guest. Registration opens on August 20thand closes September 20th, and projects are due October 5.

UpCycled is a program designed for seventh and eighth graders. In this program, students work on UpCycle projects, turning trash into treasure. These students report their findings in a class-collaborative essay as well. The winning class will be awarded a pizza party, which the Keep Oklahoma Beautiful and Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Executive Directors will attend along with a special Oklahoma City Thunder guest. Registration opens on August 20thand closes September 20th, and projects are due October 5.

With End Litter, high school and college students write, create, and produce videos highlighting the dangerous effects of littering on the environment. High school and college students are judged separately. Videos must be original work, between 25 and 45 seconds in length. Winning videos will be posted on KOB’s website, YouTube, and social media. The first place winners for college and high school will receive a cash prize of $750. Registration opens on August 20thand  closes November 15 and videos must be submitted by December 31.

Litter Education is cost-free for school systems, low-hassle for teachers, beneficial for students, and important for Oklahoma. Its three projects encourage students to research human activity and the environment and tap into their creative side to share their findings. The best way to safeguard the future of Oklahoma is to invest in the futures of young Oklahomans and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is proud to uphold this mission.