Jefferson City fifth grade student wins Department Earth Day slogan contest Emma Albertson urges: 'Reuse the Past, Recycle the Present, Save the Future'

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Volume 37-077 For Immediate Release: March 25, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, -- With her admonition to "Reuse the Past, Recycle the Present, Save the Future," Jefferson City fifth-grade student Emma Albertson hopes to inspire her contemporaries to live green. She has already inspired the Missouri Department of Natural Resources to name her the winner of the Department's 2009 Earth Day Slogan contest. Emma, 10, the daughter of Chris and Traci Albertson, Russellville, is a student in Stacey Weible's class at Immaculate Conception School, Jefferson City. Her slogan entry was one of nearly 400 submitted to the Department. The contest was open to fifth-grade students throughout the state.

Emma will receive a certificate of appreciation from the Department and a $100 savings bond donated by Central Bank in Jefferson City. Her creative contribution will be recognized during the Earth Day opening ceremony at the Capitol in Jefferson City at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 24.

The slogan reminds everyone that living green affects how we use, enjoy and protect Missouri's resources. Our state benefits when our public lands and facilities are kept clean and can be enjoyed by everyone.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hosts the annual Earth Day event in Jefferson City. It is free and will feature entertainment, interactive environmental displays, games and more from the Department of Natural Resources as well as numerous other state agencies.

The Earth Day stage schedule includes Environmental Survivor, a game show that tests students' environmental knowledge, and The Earthtones, a musical group showcasing several Department of Natural Resources employees and their musical talents.

2009 Earth Day runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Capitol. Visit the Earth Day Web pages at www.dnr.mo.gov/earthday for updated information about the activities and fun planned for Earth Day in Jefferson City and across the state. For more information, call 800-361-4827.

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