Oklahoma City – Every litter bit hurts, and Keep Oklahoma Beautiful (KOB) is working to spread that message to Oklahoma students. Its elementary program, UnCapped, reaches 4th and 5th graders with this message and encourages them to take an active role in preserving the environment.
Participating classrooms collect bottle caps and use them to create a mural. Photos of the artwork were posted to an online voting site, where the public voted for their favorites. The finalists for this contest are Lorrie Buettner 5th grade class at Cashion Elementary, Donna Peoples’ 4th grade class at Vici Elementary and Erin Trowbridge’s 5th grade class at Talihina Elementary.
“I am so excited to see all the creativity from these students,” said Larissa Balzer, KOB Program Manager and facilitator of UnCapped. “Through their artwork, they demonstrate the importance of recycling as well as the beauty of the state they love. We at KOB are privileged to engage Oklahoma’s youth in environmental awareness and stewardship.”
The classes were also required to write a class-collaborative essay describing what they learned throughout the program. In this essay, students explain why it is important to recycle and the harmful effects of littering.
The Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation decides the winner of the event. All finalists will be recognized at KOB’s 26th Annual Environmental Excellence Celebration on November 17.
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful is a nonprofit working to empower Oklahoma citizens to preserve and enhance the state’s natural beauty and ensure a healthy, sustainable environment..