AUSTIN, TX — Keep Texas Beautiful and Don’t mess with Texas are encouraging elementary school students from every corner of Texas to break out their crayons and paintbrushes in a crusade to keep Texas roadways clean and litter-free. The Don’t mess with Texas Elementary School Art Contest, sponsored by H-E-B and Central Market, are looking for the next winning artwork for the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas calendar. Students must submit their artwork no later than April 18, 2015. In addition to helping keep Texas clean, contest-winning elementary school students and their teachers can win prizes and statewide recognition.
The contest is open to all Texas students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade, and students can submit artwork that promotes Don’t mess with Texas and/or Keep Texas Beautiful in order to encourage the protection of our Texas roadways and environment. The purpose of the contest is to encourage future leaders not to litter and to keep Texas beautiful. Students who create the top 13 winning designs will have their artwork featured in the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Each winner will win an iDeaUSA 8 tablet donated by H-E-B and Central Market. One student ’s artwork, chosen from the 13 winning designs, will be featured on the calendar cover. Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100 H-E-B and Central Market gift card.
“Our children can remind us all about the importance of keeping our state free from unsightly litter,” said Cathie Gail, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Litter habits start early. This contest is a way of teaching our youngest Texans that litter belongs in a trash can while also encouraging them to use their imaginations and their artistic talent.” All student winners will be showcased on the Don’t mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and at the 2015 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference. More information is available at www.DontMesswithTexas.org.