Logo for milk carton garden contest, Cave Junction, OregonThis contest has a high potential to be a classroom art project that teaches gardening, self sufficiency, healthy living, and creative ways to recycle waste. The intent of this post is to assure parents, nonprofit leaders, and educators are aware of this program so they can prepare to participate next school year.

In general, the project starts at the beginning of the school year and must be completed by the deadline date in mid April.

The contest is centered on the use of discarded milk and juice cartons from the school cafeteria in creative gardening projects to include carton planters, garden art, scarecrows, window boxes, and irrigation systems. You can find some ideas of possible projects by visiting the page featuring past contest winners.

Visit this page to get an entry kit.

The contest rules outline expectations to include the production of a video showing the project being developed and requirement that all children visible in the video have a release form signed by the parent or guardian. The rules allow anyone over 18 to register for the program so it may be possible that a volunteer from the community who is approved by the District to work with students could coordinate the project on behalf of the school.

Contest Awards:

  • 1 Grand Prize of $5,000
  • 3 Specialty Prizes of $2,500
  • 5 Elementary Schools  receive a prize of $1,000
  • 5 Middle/High Schools receive a prize of $1,000

Closing date: Too late to apply this school year. Start getting ready for next year.

Read more about this contest.




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