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Congrats to the recycling poster contest winners

Back on Sept. 8 — International Literacy Day — the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, along with partners Weis Markets and the Centre Daily Times, kicked off a poster contest that was open to all fifth-grade students in Centre County. The students were asked to design a poster around the theme “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Read.” We received hundreds of entries, and on Oct. 13, 15 posters and artists were selected as our winners.

I would like to congratulate the following students for their winning posters:

▪ Ally Duncan, Gray’s Woods Elementary School

▪ Blake Wheeler, Wingate Elementary School

▪ Cedric Bagwell, Benner Elementary School

▪ Emily Lovrak, Pleasant Gap Elementary School

▪ Emma Haagen, Marion Walker Elementary School

▪ Erika Lucas, Philipsburg-Osceola Middle School

▪ Hannah Rose Craig, Our Lady of Victory

▪ Isabel Olson, Gray’s Woods Elementary School

▪ Jade Brown, Pleasant Gap Elementary School

▪ Lillian Hodges, Centre Learning Community Charter School

▪ Madison Stimer, Port Matilda Elementary School

▪ Marinn Peters, Penns Valley Intermediate School

▪ Poppy Rusca, Park Forest Elementary School

▪ Sena Andrews, Mountain Top Elementary School

▪ Taylor Brown, Marion Walker Elementary School.

In addition to having their artwork appear in the 2018 “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Read” wall calendar, the students have each won a customized Little Free Library for their school. 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 Little Free Libraries will be delivered to the schools in the spring.

We honored all 15 students at an awards ceremony that was held on Nov. 15 — America Recycles Day — at the Weis Markets store in Bellefonte. At the ceremony, each student was presented with a framed picture of their poster, a copy of the 2018 calendar as well as a $25 Weis Markets gift card.

The 15 winning posters have each been highlighted on the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority’s Facebook and Twitter pages and an article will appear in the Centre County Recycles winter newsletter.

We were so excited to offer this opportunity to our local fifth-grade students. The Little Free Library can be seen as a legacy left behind at their elementary school as they move onto the next phase of their education.

Click here to see a gallery of all the winning submissions.

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