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Poster contest incorporates reading and recycling

Calling all fifth-grade students: the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, Weis Markets and the Centre Daily Times are sponsoring a poster contest open to all fifth-graders who live in Centre County. Thirteen posters will be selected to appear in a 2018 calendar, the winning student artists will receive a gift card and their school will win a Little Free Library.

Here is what students need to do:

▪ Design a poster around the theme: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Read.”

▪ Students may use a variety of media, such as watercolor, ink, crayon, chalk, markers, etc.

▪ Students are encouraged to incorporate recycled or recyclable materials into their creations.

▪ Be creative; there is no size or layout requirement.

▪ Posters should be delivered to the school office by Oct. 6.

Posters created by students must be their own original artwork. Students must put the following on the back of their poster:

▪ Student’s full name and name of school

▪ Student’s phone number or email address

▪ Teacher’s name and home room number

The posters will be collected from Centre County schools during the week of Oct. 9 and judged by a panel of community members. Thirteen posters selected by the judges will be featured in a 2018 calendar that will be available to students and the community. Our local Weis Market stores will have 5,000 calendars available to the public in November and 15,000 calendars will be distributed as inserts in the CDT. Five thousand calendars will be distributed to the schools.

The artists who create the 13 winning posters will receive a $25 gift card to Weis Markets and a Little Free Library for their school. Each Little Free Library will come equipped with a starter library donated by Weis Markets.

The nonprofit Little Free Library organization inspires a love of reading, builds community and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world. A Little Free Library is a neighborhood book exchange where anyone passing by can take a book to read or leave a book for someone else to find. It is reuse at its finest.

The contest kicked off on Sept. 8, in recognition of International Literacy Day. International Literacy Day, founded by UNESCO in 1965, aims to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

Once the 13 posters are chosen, the students will be contacted and invited to an awards ceremony held at the Bellefonte Weis Market located on Buckaroo Drive on Nov. 15 to celebrate “America Recycles Day!”

Little Free Libraries will be delivered to the schools in the spring.

All poster entries submitted will become property of the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority and will not be returned to the artist.

We are excited to see what our local fifth grade artists have in store for us this year. For more information on the contest, visit

Thanks for participating!

Amy Schirf is education coordinator for the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority.