Dear Superintendents and Principals:
Earth Day is April 22, 2011.
Since the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, over 20 million Americans have participated, helping to improve the quality of air we breathe and the water we drink. In addition, landmark legislation has been passed to help support this effort, such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.
The New York State Senate takes this opportunity to celebrate the great strides New York has made in helping to improve our environment. From expanding the bottle bill to promoting green energy, New York is helping to make a difference.
To celebrate and honor Earth Day this year, the New York State Senate is sponsoring a poster contest for children in grades K – 6. The theme of our Earth Day celebration is “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” I have enclosed a detailed description of the competition. Please feel free to copy this information and pass it along to your teachers. The winning posters will be displayed on my website and the participants will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation. Participating schools will be allowed to submit a limit of three entries per school.
Students are encouraged not only to be creative in their project, but also to convey a real commitment to making the environment a better place. By educating students about the importance of recycling, they will learn to be creative in solving the problem of solid waste.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact my coordinator for this event, Cynthia Thomas at 518.455.2558. I hope you and your students will participate in this year’s New York State Senate Earth Day Celebration.