Belinda Coston, art teacher at Carver Elementary School, implemented a project where her students helped to create a new piece of artwork out of recycled paper. After entering this project in “The Litter Art Show,” Carver Elementary School emerged as winners in the “Best School in Show” category.
Cornelia McGee-Anthony, coordinator of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), stated “The Litter Art Show Program is part of KAB’s litter prevention and recycling education program.” McGee-Anthony explained that the artwork from Carver Elementary School was on display on the second floor of the Southern Bank Foundation Bridge at The Maria V. Howard Art Center at the Imperial Centre in Rocky Mount.
McGee-Anthony believes that the program emphasizes the importance of recycling. “This anti-litter activity is educational and it teaches students individual responsibility for improving their community environment and instills a sense of community pride,” she said. “Congratulations are extended to Carver Elementary. Everyone did an awesome job!”
McGee-Anthony explained that Carver Elementary School “created several art pieces out of recycled paper products” and was mentioned for being the “Best School in Show.”
Each year, KAB of Nash and Edgecombe Counties sponsors this litter art contest and display. Schools from different counties submit art made from recycled materials like paper or plastics, and the public helps to vote on the winning pieces.
In addition to creating the artwork, Coston had her students write about how important it is to recycle. “My fourth grade classes created woven art from painted newspaper.....baskets of all sizes and woven wall art,” said Coston. “We received a plaque for being the best out of eight schools and each of the students received prizes for their participation. This is a great art lesson that incorporates science and the students learn a valuable lesson in recycling.”
This artwork was also chosen for display at the Rocky Mount Fair.
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