Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May, is when thousands of Vermonters of all ages continue to come together annually in their communities to clean up and give our lovely state its "spring cleaning."

The annual student poster design contest is very important in the Green Up tradition. The winning design is printed in full color and distributed statewide to promote Green Up Day. The design winner also receives $200. The best in each of three grade categories (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) receives $75. County winners in each category are also chosen. All winners are honored at the Green Up Awards Dinner in Montpelier in late March.

Green Up's mission is to promote the stewardship of our state's natural landscape and waterways and the livability of our communities by involving people in Green Up Day and raising public awareness about the benefits of a litter-free environment. Any student in grades K-12 may submit one entry each for both of Green Up Vermont's annual poster and writing projects.

Entries must be received by Jan. 31, 2013. One poster design is selected as the official 2013 Green Up Day poster, promoting Green Up Day, the first Saturday in May. Poster entries should be 11 by 14 inches, created by hand (without the aid of computers) and MUST include the words "Green Up Vermont." Writing entries should be a poem or an essay of up to 400 words relating to "What Green Up Day Means To You."

All rights for use and reproduction belong to Green Up Vermont. Entries will not be returned. All poster and writing entries must include the following information, on the back upper right hand corner: student name, grade, county, home address, parent/guardian name and phone; school name, address, phone and teacher. Home schoolers are also encouraged to enter.

Entries should be mailed to Green Up Vermont, P.O. Box 1191, Montpelier, VT 05601-1191, or delivered to the Green Up Vermont office at 14-16 Baldwin St. For questions, call 802-229-4586 or 1-800-974-3259 or visit http://www.greenupvermont.org/contests.php for more information.

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