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Poster contest open to Butler County students

| Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Students in Butler County are invited to enter a poster contest promoting clean air and alternative transportation.

The fourth annual Let's Clear the Air Poster Challenge, sponsored by the Southwest Pennsylvania Air Quality Partnership and the Pennsylvania Resources Council, invites students from public and private schools in seven Western Pennsylvania counties to participate.

“I think it's a unique experience for the kids,” said Sarah Alessio Shea, environmental educator for the resources council.

“It's an engaging way for to get students to learn about the issues facing air quality and transportation ... and it's a great way to get that message across.”

The contest is open to students in grades 4-12. The posters will be judged in four categories: grades 4-5 freehand, grades 6-8 freehand, grades 9-12 freehand and graphic design for all grades.

Teachers whose students enter the contest will have access to lesson plans and other educational material about air quality, transportation and energy conservation to supplement school curriculum, said Betsy Mallison, the air quality partnership's spokeswoman.

“It's a great program, and it's gotten bigger every year,” Mallison said.

Last year, more than 41 schools and 2,800 students participated in the poster contest.

The top winner in each category will receive a bicycle, an air quality magic show assembly for their school and a $100 school supply gift certificate for their teacher, Mallison said.

The top three posters from each school must be sent to the PRC by March 1 for judging.

For more information on the contest or to register, visit www.prc.org/posterchallenge.html.

Rachel Farkas is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-779-6902 or rfarkas@tribweb.com.

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