News Release 039

Calling all Missouri fifth-grade students!

Volume 38-039 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Hylan Beydler
573-368-2118

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 3, 2010 -- Are you a fifth-grade student in Missouri interested in protecting the environment? If so, you can share your ideas with Missouri and the world.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is conducting a slogan contest through Feb. 28. The winning slogan will be used during the department's annual Earth Day celebration in Jefferson City. Along with the slogan contest, a new video contest is underway. Entries for both contests must be based on the theme "Earth Rocks!"

The winning slogan will be the theme for Earth Day activities to be held Friday, April 23 on the south lawn of the Missouri Capitol in Jefferson City. The student who submits the winning entry will be honored during the Earth Day celebration and will receive a certificate for a $100 savings bond, donated by Central Bank in Jefferson City.

"Our slogan is an important part of our Earth Day celebration, and sharing stories through video can be a fun way for students to help educate others. Missouri children are smart, creative and eager to learn about and to share ways they can help protect our environment," said Mark N. Templeton, DNR Director. "We look forward to receiving contest entries from every region in our state."

Videos can be instructional, inspirational or testimonial. Videos that call others to action might be funny or serious, entertaining or educational, quirky or enlightening. Television quality videos are not necessary. Use a video camera, cell phone, or create a presentation on a computer and convert it to video and you could win prizes for you and your classroom. Two videos will be chosen as the top to finalists, and five members from each of the finalist's schools will qualify to participate in an on-stage game of Environmental Survivor during the Earth Day celebration in Jefferson City.

Both contests are open to all Missouri fifth-graders. No purchase is necessary. The deadline for entry is Feb. 28, 2010. Winners will be announced in March and their names will be posted on the department's Earth Day Web pages. Winning videos will also appear on the department's YouTube channel and Earth Day Web pages.

Earth Day activities are tailored to fifth-graders, but all ages are welcome. Information booths, educational games and displays about the environment are part of Missouri's celebration. Many other state and federal agencies participate through educational displays and exhibits.

Earth Day turns 40 this year and the department's 16th annual Earth Day celebration will be held Friday, April 23, 2010, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Missouri State Capitol. Check the Web for more information about Earth Day and the contests dnr.mo.gov/earthday/.

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