As part of Tillamook County Solid Waste’s promotion of Earth Day 2018, last April, the department sponsored a drawing contest open to county students who participated in the Earth Day transfer station field trips—primarily second graders. Nearly 100 students participated and twelve were chosen to be highlighted in a 2019 calendar. Participating students attended South Prairie Elementary, Nestucca Valley Elementary as well as two private schools, Neskowin Valley and Fire Mountain Schools.
The winning drawings will be used in a quarterly calendar placed in the Headlight-Herald newspaper and targeted to be in print on the last Wednesday of each quarter.
Winning artists were also recognized at the January 8th meeting of the Tillamook County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC). At the meeting SWAC members were treated to a slide show of the winning entries followed by presentations of certificates and t-shirts to each student distributed by newly sworn in County Commissioner, Mary Faith Bell, who took a moment to congratulate each student and shake their hand. Commissioner Bell also had the honor to award the “Commissioner’s Choice” award to Emma Jane Bruene, an art caddy built by Master Recycler John Goertzen.
“It was a good event,” stated Sue Owens, Tillamook County Outreach and Education Specialist, “it was a bit challenging to be awarding prizes that were won last school year but I’m happy to see some students were able to make the meeting and be a part of the celebration.”