SPRINGFIELD — In recognition of Earth Day, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett is honoring a group of fifth- and sixth-grade students selected for their creative skills used to express environmental awareness, as part of the agency’s 29th annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest.
Locally, two students from St. Ambrose Catholic School in Godfrey, Olivia Kratschmer and Natalie Retzer, were recognized in the Special Recognition Poetry/Prose category.
The writers and artists selected from throughout Illinois were recognized earlier this month at a reception in the Old State Capitol building in downtown Springfield.
Each year, fifth- and sixth-grade students participate in the agency’s environmental education program — Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest – studying environmental concepts with an emphasis on the current year’s environmental theme. Many round out the classroom program by creating posters or poetry or prose works to illustrate what they have learned, and submit these to the agency. Each participating school is eligible to select four works in each of these categories to submit for competitive judging. This year’s theme, W.A.T.E.R. – What A True Environmental Resource! How will you conserve and protect it?, focused on the importance of conserving and protecting water, including drinking water and stormwater; both individually and as a community.
“Illinois EPA is honored to recognize these students for their creativity, which delivers an important message to their fellow students and community members,” Bonnett said. “This year’s theme focused on water as one of our most valuable environmental resources, and through their works, we are able to see how these students have learned important lessons on conserving and protecting our environment.”