America Recycles Day Billboard Contest happening this fall

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Valley Point Middle School student Alicia Martinez was the 2018 winner of the local America Recycles Day Billboard Contest.

The Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority announces the tenth annual America Recycles Day Billboard Contest for students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades attending public or private schools participating in the Target Recycling at School program in Whitfield County.

Students are invited to design a billboard in keeping with the spirit of America Recycles Day, which is celebrated yearly on Nov. 15. The top design out of the three grade levels will be displayed during November on two billboards in Whitfield County.

Schools in Whitfield County eligible to participate are Christian Heritage, Crossroads Academy, Dalton Middle, Eastbrook Middle, Learning Tree School, New Hope Middle, North Whitfield Middle, Northstar School, Valley Point Middle and Westside Middle.

During the 2018 contest, Valley Point Middle School sixth-grader Alicia Martinez won first place overall. Her design included one of the contest's phrases "I want to be recycled!" The artwork is detailed, neat and very colorful showing recyclables lining up to begin the recycling process.

Themes for this year are "I recycle. Do you?!" and "I recycle with Recycling Ben!" First, second and third place prizes will be given in each of the three grade levels. The grand prize is chosen from the three first-place winners.

The contest guide with two versions of the official entry form can be downloaded at The entry deadline is Oct. 14. There is no entry fee; however, an official entry form must be included with the artwork. Only artwork submitted directly from a school representative will be accepted. Winners will be announced Oct. 21.

For more information, contact Amy Hartline, recycling and education program coordinator, at (706) 278-5001 or at To learn more about America Recycles Day, visit www.americare

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