News Release 191

New Bloomfield girl pens winning earth day slogan

Volume 38-191 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Van Beydler

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, APRIL 2, 2010 -- "Recycle Around the Clock ‘cause Earth Day Rocks" is the winning slogan in the Missouri Department of Natural Resources 2010 Earth Day slogan contest.

Hattie Bittle, 11-year old daughter of Jerry and Elizabeth Bittle of New Bloomfield, submitted the winning slogan. She is a fifth-grade student in Ashley Freegard's class at the South Callaway R-II Elementary School.

“Hattie’s message reminds us to use, enjoy and protect Missouri’s resources,” said Mark N. Templeton, director of the Department of Natural Resources. “Recycling, reducing and reusing improves our environment and our communities and can provide an economic benefit.”

Hattie 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 scheduled at the Capitol in Jefferson City at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 23. Hundreds of fifth-graders across the state participated in the contest.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources hosts Earth Day in Jefferson City each year. The Jefferson City event is free and will feature entertainment, interactive environmental displays, games and more. On the Earth Day stage, the department will present several games of Environmental Survivor, which will test the environmental knowledge of the students attending Earth Day. The World Bird Sanctuary and The Earthtones -- a musical group drawn from Department of Natural Resources and other state employees -- will also be on the stage.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south lawn of the Capitol. Visit the Earth Day Web pages at 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.