Yonkers anti-litter contest winners announced
Post Date:05/02/2017 7:29 PM
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"Last year, we took action with the launch of a new anti-litter marketing initiative and my legislation enacting tough new penalties for littering and dumping," McLaughlin said. "Now, our students have gotten involved. We wanted to get all of our school children thinking about the importance of keeping our City clean and this contest demonstrates they have done so. Congratulations to all the winners."
"Congratulations to all our winners. Each one exhibits a unique understanding of how important it is to keep our neighborhoods clean," Mayor Mike Spano said. "When our children take pride in their city, we can be hopeful that Yonkers will be a cleaner, greener city for future generations. Special thanks to our City Council President for his steadfast commitment to our city, especially to our young residents."
Hundreds of students in both public and private schools in grades 3-12 participated in the contest, which began in March. Over thirty finalists and winners were selected from categories including essays, storyboards, posters and videos.
Contestants had to incorporate a slogan from the 'Respect Yonkers' advertising campaign, which features anti-litter slogans which are shrink-wrapped onto bus stations and garbage cans around the city. The winners will have their entry featured on respectyonkers.com.
The public school entries in grades 3 through 8 were judged by the United Yonkers Student Leadership Council. Private and religious school submissions for all ages as well as public high school submissions were judged by the Mayor's Green City Advisory Committee.
"Litter is a problem that we have to battle on a daily basis," McLaughlin added. "However, with the public's help we can win this battle. It's our Yonkers, let's keep it clean."