Commission For a Clean County (CCC) sponsors young artists

Special to The Mountaineer
By JoAnna Swanson | Dec 23, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo PROMOTING A LITTER-FREE COUNTY  — Pictured are Stephen King and Zondra Robinson, who is dressed as the Litter Troll.

A unique coloring book contest for all kindergarten and first-graders in Haywood County’s nine elementary schools is in process in the schools. The contest is being sponsored by the Commission For a Clean County (CCC) Haywood County’s land-based environmental cleanliness board.
Approximately 1,200 K-1 pupils are participating.  
In September, the CCC presented a check for more than $400 for art supplies for the contest to county school superintendent, Dr. Anne Garrett.
In their art classes, pupils are being instructed to draw a black-and-white picture that promotes the idea of a litter-free county. A panel of judges from the schools will pick two winners from each school — one kindergartener and one first grader. The name of the artist and the school will be on each drawing. These 18 winners will be announced at the CCC’s annual COMMUNITY PRIDE Awards program held in February at the Waynesville Inn.
The eighteen winning pictures, plus a cover, will be professionally printed at Print Haus in Waynesville and all 1,200 pupils will receive one of these coloring books.
The coloring book contest was inspired by the CCC’s latest educational program, begun in 2012, called Keep it Clean. Presented to all K-1 children in the county, it is a high-energy and entertaining 20 minutes, in which a Litter Troll throws litter on the auditorium floor and Stephen King, CCC board member and solid waste director of the county, asks the children why that is wrong.  Volunteer children then pick up the litter.
Keep it Clean was such a success, it was repeated in 2013 and will again be presented in 2014.
The Commission for a Clean County (CCC) is devoted to promoting public awareness of the health, financial and aesthetic benefits of a clean and beautiful county.   It is a nonprofit 501c3 organization and all volunteer, currently with 11 board members.

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