The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) and the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) recently announced the winners of the 2018 “Yes You CAN Make Missouri Litter-Free” trash can-decorating contest.

MDC and MoDOT sponsor the contest as part of Missouri’s “No MOre Trash!” campaign to raise awareness about litter and discourage littering. The contest encourages students from kindergarten through eighth grade to join the fight against litter by decorating and displaying a large trash can with the “No MOre Trash!” logo and a litter prevention message using a variety of creative media.

The winning school from each of three competition grade categories (K-2, 3-5 and 6-8) received a $200 award. First-place winners are then eligible for a $600 grand prize and a trophy. Entries are judged by a group of staff at MDC and MoDOT.

The winning entry for both the Grades 3-5 group and the overall grand prize winner was the third-grade class of Jessica Brown at Logan-Rogersville Elementary.

“The students came together to create this fun trash can for our school’s lobby,” wrote Brown in their entry submission. “Several students have already been found searching the halls for litter, just so they could use this can! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!”

Winners in the other age groups were Felecia Creed’s second-grade class at Willard North Elementary and Mrs. Voss’s seventh-grade art class at St. Elizabeth’s Junior High.

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