Georgia Students Get Creative for Clean Air

The Clean Air Campaign draws attention to K-12 artists in statewide contest

(ATLANTA, GA — 02.07.11)

Time to pick up pens and pencils, Flip Cams, markers, you name it. The Clean Air Campaign is turning to Georgia’s youth for artistic inspiration.  Starting today, K-12 students across the state can put their creative minds to work to develop original comic strips and videos that illustrate how pollution from vehicle emissions is harmful to the air we breathe. The contest, “Do Your Share for Clean Air” invites students to emphasize the positive impact that small actions, such as riding the bus to school or turning off an idling car engine, can have on Georgia’s air quality. 

Elementary students will compete in a comic strip contest. Middle and high school students will compete, separately, in a video contest. All winning entries will be featured on The Clean Air Campaign’s website, social media channels and printed materials – showing off the winner’s creative talent to tens of thousands of Georgians! Additionally, donations will be made to each winner’s school science, environmental, or art program.

“You never know. The next Charles Schulz or Steven Spielberg could be sitting in a Georgia classroom right now. How great if his or her first published piece focused on improving air quality!” said Gretchen Gigley, director of education for The Clean Air Campaign. “I am endlessly impressed and inspired by the work I see from the students at our more than 270 Clean Air Schools across the state – from finding creative ways to educate their parents about No Idling to leading fun carpooling and walking initiatives with their peers.  I have no doubt this will be a great competition.”

The Clean Air Campaign works with Georgia schools (preschool to 12th) to empower students and parents to take action for clean air within their school community. Clean Air Schools participate in one or more of the following programs: No-Idling Program, Pool to School or Ride the Bus! For Clean Air. The art contest is open to all Georgia students, but for those schools registered for the 2010-2011 Clean Air Schools program, it is a great way to get students more involved. 

Interested teachers, parents and students are encouraged to visit CleanAirCampaign.org to learn about entry requirements and submission details. Art contest submissions must be postmarked by April 15, 2011. A panel of judges will select first, second and third place, along with any honorable mentions. Winners will be announced during Air Quality Awareness Week: May 2-6, 2011.

For more information about how traffic and vehicle emissions impact Georgia’s air quality, visit CleanAirCampaign.org.

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About The Clean Air Campaign

The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that works with Georgia's employers, commuters and schools to encourage actions that result in less traffic congestion and better air quality. To accomplish this goal, The Clean Air Campaign, along with its associate organizations, partners with more than 1,600 employers to create custom commute options programs; and annually helps thousands of commuters find commute alternatives that work for them, providing financial incentives to get them started. The Clean Air Campaign also protects public health by issuing Smog Alerts and empowers students, parents and teachers to play a positive role in reducing traffic and cleaning the air through a multi-faceted education program reaching elementary, middle and high schools.

Each day, these programs reduce 1.6 million miles of vehicle travel and keep 800 tons of pollution out of the air we breathe. For more information, call 1-877-CLEANAIR (1-877-253-2624) or visit http://www.CleanAirCampaign.org.

Media Contact:

Sarah Waters
404.816.2037

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