Earth Day Writing Challenge

February 20 through April 20, Ixonia, WI

This annual event is a wonderful way for teachers to encourage their students to think on a deeper level about how we should treat the earth, nature, and our environment.  It challenges them to relay their thoughts in poetry OR essay form. This writing challenge will be offered to 3rd and 4th grade students.  With many opportunities beginning at the middle school level, we wish to encourage slightly younger students to use their creative thinking skills, enhance their thoughts on how to create a healthier tomorrow, and build their confidence- not only in their writing skills, but in themselves and what they can accomplish.

Location
W1795 Fox Rd
Ixonia, WI 53036

Web Address
www.ebertsgreenhouse.com

Contest Guidelines:

*Offered to 3rd and 4th grade students

*Students can choose to submit a poem (for example...Haiku, Acrostic, Rhyming) or an essay, in ANY form or type they wish to explore

*Students entries please include name, grade level, school

*Teachers please include the best contact information for communicating entry results

*Pictures on the entry page are not required, although many students do add some (either hand drawn, or computer images). Again, they are not required, but can add to the overall presentation.

*Send in to: Ebert's Greenhouse Village W 1795 Fox Rd. Ixonia WI 53036 ATTN: Renee Ebert OR teachers may bring them in marked -"Earth Day Writing Challenge" ATTN: Renee Ebert post marked or received by Monday April 12th

*Feel free to email any questions.....rebert@ebertsgreenhouse.com           

Contest Timeline:

*Ongoing now through Monday April 12th

*Monday April 12th all poems and Essays due

*Winners notified by Monday April 19th

*Winners pick up their awards either Saturday April 24th or Sunday April 25th at Ebert's Greenhouse Village

Winner's Award Kit: An award kit will be given out to the top three winners of each the poetry and essay divisions. We encourage teachers to give recognition to any winners they may have in their class, by sharing the information in their school/classroom newsletters! We will take a picture, and recognize the winners on our Ebert's website, newsletter, social media, and local newspapers with parental permission.

Awards will include:

* Award certificate, laminated copy of entry to keep, Judges feedback sheet

*Cash awards for each division: First place $20-Second place $15-Third place $10

*A coupon to pick out a 4.5" plant

*an upcycled garden kit to take home and plant

We are so excited to read the entries and thank you for taking part in this challenge. Good luck to all participants and have fun!