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Contests seek kids' poems, essays about environment

Posted March 8

Brookhaven Nature Park is in north Raleigh.

A couple of local contests appeared in my inbox so I thought I'd share them. These would be great for kids who enjoy writing and exploring the outdoors ...

For high school kids, the N.C. Bar Association's Environment, Energy & Natural Resources Law Section is sponsoring a sustainability essay contest. The deadline is April 29. Here's the writing prompt: "In an essay of 4,000 words or fewer, explain how 'citizen science' might be used to improve the effectiveness of North Carolina’s efforts to allow development that meets the needs of the present but also protects the environment and human health for future generations." The winner will receive a $250 prize and publication of the essay in the section's Environmental News.

And the 2016 Ross Andrews Poetry Contest is seeking poetry submissions through March 31. Categories include kindergarten to second grade; third to fifth grade; sixth to eighth grade; ninth to twelfth grade; and adult. Andrews was an environmental educator who used poetry to express his love of the natural world. Winners will read their poems during the Earth Day Celebration on April 22 at Yates Mill County Park. The top winner in each category also will take home a monetary award.

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