East Windsor Honors Earth Day Recycing Poster Contest Winners
Community gets together to celebrate environmentalism and students' creativity
It was a packed, standing-room only crowd Tuesday night in the East Windsor Township Municipal Building as parents, students and the community got together to honor the award winners in this year’s Earth Day Recycling Poster Contest, sponsored by East Windsor Township’s Clean Communities Committee.
In all, 24 students were honored, six each from the four elementary schools in the East Windsor Regional School District. Contestants were asked to submit a poster that represents the four “R’s” of recycling that are depicted in the township’s Recycling Program logo:
- RECYCLE all items that can be recycled;
- REUSE other items rather than throw them out in the trash;
- REDUCE the amount of waste that is created;
- REBUY, or buy goods that use recycled materials.
First, second and third-place winners were selected in each elementary school in two categories: kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade. Judging the contest were Ed Kelly, chairman of East Windsor’s Planning Board and a member of East Windsor’s Environmental Commission; East Windsor Chief of Police William Spain; and East Windsor Clean Communities Chairman Vincent Citarella. The winning posters will be on display in the Municipal Building.
The award-winning posters were quite creative, with students using various mediums and techniques to get their point across about recycling. Some were drawn, some were painted and others even incorporated three-dimensional objects and creations.
“This is a really fun event,” said Mayor Janice Mironov. “The whole idea is to get people thinking about the environment.”
Mayor Mironov presented each winner with an award certificate, an East Windsor recycling program magnet and a gift card to Barnes and Noble, courtesy of local makeup company Shiseido.
Gabby Strzepek, a first grader at Ethel McKnight Elementary School, won a first-place award for her recycling poster that depicted the Earth with people across the globe holding hands. She said what she wanted to show with her poster is the message, “Don’t litter the Earth and make Earth a happy place."
Kevin Sun, a fifth-grade student at Walter C. Black Elementary School, won a first-place award for his poster. “I basically put a house that includes the four R’s, like solar panels on the roof,” he said.
Bhavya Kilambi, a second-grader at Ethel McKnight, won a second-place award for her poster that shows a crying Earth surrounded by activities that are bad for the environment, like not turning off the lights in a room when leaving it and having multiple people watching TV at the same time in different rooms of a house. It also showed a happy Earth that is surrounded by people who all watch one TV together and turn off the lights when leaving a room.
Julia Kim, a second-grade student at Grace Norton Rogers Elementary School, said she entered the contest because she “thought it was going to be fun,” and because she “wanted to show people they should start recycling, reusing, reducing and rebuying.” [Editor’s note: Julia Kim is the daughter of columnist and writer of this article, Lauren Kim.]
At the ceremony, Mayor Mironov announced which school had the highest number of students entering the contest. The winner was Grace Norton Rogers Elementary School, with 66 posters in all received. Ethel McKnight Elementary School submitted 29 entries, as did Perry L. Drew Elementary School, and Walter C. Black School had 27 entries.
To honor Grace Norton Rogers for its high contest participation, the mayor presented GNR first-place winner Linden David Recchia with a framed East Windsor Earth Day proclamation, which is now displayed in the school.
The award winners of the 2011 Earth Day Recycling Poster Contest were:
Walter C. Black School
Grades K-2 award winners (19 posters received):
Third: Shreya Krishnan
Second: Tarvn Kumar
First: Lauren Wargo
Grades 3-5 award winners (8 posters received):
Third: Vikram Srinath
Second: Milee Patel
First: Kevin Sun
Perry L. Drew School
Grades K-2 award winners (9 posters received):
Third: Jason Mikita
Second: Vidhi Challani
First: Siya Kamat
Grades 3-5 award winners (20 posters received):
Third: Aneesh Acharya
Second: Ragini Nagi
First: Melissa Espinoza
Ethel McKnight School
Grades K-2 award winners (8 posters received):
Third: Gabby Strzepek
Second: Bhavya Kilambi
First: Sydney Bura
Grades 3-5 award winners (21 posters received):
Third: Casey Weber
Second: Pranav Menon
First: Ethan Busa
Grace N. Rogers School
Grades K-2 award winners (20 posters received):
Third: Julia Kim
Second: Gabriella Rossi
First: Linden David Recchia
Grades 3-5 award winners (46 posters received):
Third: Andrew Olmos
Second: Araceli Danama
First: Nalalia Sasaguay