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It's time to dust off your solar powered thinking caps

For Mariposa Students Gr. 7-12                      

 THEME: How I can help protect the environment and why what I do is important.

 MAXIMUM LENGTH: 300 words, handwritten or typed. Children in K-2 category may submit drawings with captions explaining their pictures or may dictate their essay to an adult.

CATEGORIES: K-2nd grade; 3rd-5th grade; 6th-8th grade; 9th-12th grade

JUDGING:  Entries will be judged by members of the AB939 Solid Waste Task Force based on originality; adherence to the theme; clarity and sincerity. Essays should have a topic sentence and a conclusion. Drawings should be done in felt tip pen/markers (for reproduction purposes).

PRIZES: The top winner in each category will have their entry printed in the Mariposa Gazette &the Sierra Sun Times, will be honored at a Board of Supervisors Meeting and will receive $25. TheGrand Prize Winner (selected from the top four) will also receive a $20 gift certificate from Dabbles.    Special prize: $25 gift card (2) to Pioneer Market to runners-up in the 6th-8th gr. and 9th-12th gr. categories.
Prizes donated by: Dabbles, High Country Health Foods & Café, Pioneer Market, & a local citizen.

DEADLINE:  4 p.m., Thursday, April 3.  The student’s first and last name, address, phone number, and grade level must be clearly written on the back of the entry, or, if e-mailed, written at the bottom of the page.

  Entries may be e-mailed to or dropped off at any of the following locations:

  • Mariposa County Library, 4978 10th St., Mariposa
  • County Landfill Office, 5595 Hwy 49 N, Mariposa
  • Lake Don Pedro Transfer Station (open Thurs., Sat. and Sun.9729 Merced Falls Rd., LaGrange
  • Public Works Department, 4639 Ben Hur Rd., Mariposa

 They may also be mailed to: Essay Contest, Mariposa County Public Works/Solid Waste &Recycling Division, 4639 Ben Hur Rd., Mariposa, CA 95338, but must arrive by the deadline.



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Above: 2013 Grand Prize winning entry by Bella Twiss.
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