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Libby Telthorst, center, with St. John Neuman Green School coordinators Jennifer Hudson and Kathy Parker.
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Pictured, from left, are Alan Dunstan, Gina Matthews, Norah Matthews, Amy Funk of the Metro East Community Air Project and Kimberly Petzing, Madison County Green Schools Program coordinator.
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Alicia Carrico, Green School coordinator at Columbus Elementary; and Felicity Guttmann.
EDWARDSVILLE – Three area grade school students recently were honored for their winning entries in the second annual Madison County Clean Air Bookmark Contest.
Kindergarten through sixth-grade students in all Madison County schools were charged with creating bookmark designs to illustrate ways to improve air quality. Entries were received from 757 students, an increase of more than 460 students from the inaugural contest.
The kindergarten to second-grade winner was Norah Matthews, a student at Hamel Elementary. Libby Telthorst of St. John Neumann was the winner in the third- to fourth-grade and Felicity Guttmann of Columbus Elementary captured the prize for fifth- and sixth-graders. Each winner received a certificate and a high-definition Kindle Fire tablet from the Madison County Planning and Development Department.
Madison County Chairman Alan J. Dunstan, who also served as one of the judges for the contest, lauded participants’ efforts.
“All the entries were very impressive, which made selecting the winners very difficult,” Dunstan said. “But the most important element of the contest was using a fun and creative contest to educate our youth about the importance of making Madison County and our world, a sustainable, better place to live now and for centuries to come.”
Joining Chairman Dunstan in judging the entries were Madison County Board member Kelly Tracy and Director of Administration Joe Parente.
The winning designs in the Madison County Clean Air Bookmark Contest will be featured on thousands of bookmarks printed and distributed to all elementary school students through the school libraries.
The contest is part of an extensive education program for students and educators in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the county. The Madison County Green schools Program is administered by the Madison County Planning and Development Department to promote understanding, knowledge and participation in a wide range of recycling and other programs.
According to Kimberly Petzing, Green School coordinator for Madison County, the contest was a collaboration involving Madison County Government, the Metro East Community Air Project and Madison County Transit/Ridefinders.
“To implement effective programs that have a positive impact on our youth and our environment, it is important we all work together,” Petzing said.
“Representatives from each of the primary sponsors worked to ensure the program had a significant educational value, that it was fun and that it would have an impact,” Petzing said. “I’m very happy to say we accomplished all of our objectives.”
Other sponsors of the contest were the Madison County Partnership for Community Health and the St. Louis Clean Air Partnership.
The Madison County Partnership for Community Health is the voice of community health for Madison County residents. Its mission is to work together as interested individuals, professionals and organizations to improve the health status of residents of Madison County by helping to create, promote and maintain healthy environments and lifestyles through education, understanding and action.
A listing of all the Madison County Green School programs can be found in the Planning and Development Department’s ‘Program Descriptions’ on the Madison County website at www.co.madison.il.us.