PORTLAND, Maine — More than 350 Maine students in grades K-12 entered the first-ever CLYNK for Art School Competition by creating artwork to inspire recycling. CLYNK, the Maine company that makes it easy to recycle and make a difference, recently announced the six winners:
Colby Frost from George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish
Kayleigh Therriault from Mill Stream Elementary School in Norridgewock
Maija Jacobs from Westbrook Middle School in Westbrook
Ellie McGee from Mount Desert Middle School in Mount Desert
Senna Bui from South Portland High School in South Portland
Emma Jordan from South Portland High School in South Portland
Each student’s artwork will be displayed on a huge, mobile canvas– the side of one of five CLYNK trucks that pick up bottles and cans at CLYNK locations in Hannaford stores. Each winning entry was also awarded $250 to support school art programs. Visit www.clynk.com/art to view the students’ artwork online.
CLYNK trucks are being unveiled at the winning artists’ schools over the next few weeks. On Thursday, April 25 at 9:00am, all the students at George E. Jack Elementary School in Standish will watch as Colby Frost’s winning piece is revealed. It will be a memorable birthday present for the fourth grader who will be turning ten that day.
“It feels awesome to win,” said Frost who has won other art competitions before but “nothing like this.” He hopes his artwork will remind his neighbors to “go green.” “You don’t want all people coming to your hometown and say ‘ugh, I don’t like this town,'” Frost added. “Recycling helps the world stay cleaner and greener.”
On Friday, April 26 at 11:00am, South Portland High School will recognize its two winning student artists Emma Jordan and Senna Bui, both eleventh graders. With help from ecology teacher Tania Ferrante, South Portland H.S. students are active in environmental initiatives, including recycling, composting for the school garden, and zero waste awareness week.
A panel of judges selected the six winning entries, using criteria that included artistic merit and relevance to recycling. Jean Maginnis, Executive Director of the Maine Center for Creativity, was one of the judges.
“Art helps us to express our feelings and ideas, which can then lead to action,” said Maginnis. “What stood out about the winning entries were the students’ abilities to convey complex ideas about environmentalism in simple designs.”
Paul Gebhardt, another judge and an adjunct professor at the Maine College of Art, was excited about the collaboration between CLYNK and Maine schools: “This competition gave students the opportunity to learn how recycling is a practical way to support the environment– and how communicating that message through art can have an impact on their world.”
CLYNK is a Maine business that started in the spring of 2006. CLYNK self-serve kiosks are exclusively located in 46 Hannaford Supermarkets across Maine. The company’s mission is to make recycling– and making a difference– easier for everyone. Through programs like Hannaford Community Cash and Cans for a Cure, CLYNK makes it easy for people and businesses to support their communities and the causes that are important to them. The company recently received the 2012 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for “voluntarily going beyond regulatory requirements to creatively and collaboratively initiate innovation that is both environmentally and economically sustainable.” To learn more, visit www.clynk.com/art.
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