Student artwork contest highlights nature

Students and teachers can kick off the school year on a ‘green’ note with the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Earth Day Canada art contest.

Students and teachers can kick off the school year on a ‘green’ note with the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Earth Day Canada art contest.

Elementary school students across the country can submit an original drawing of their favourite part of nature for the chance to have their artwork featured on a limited-edition reusable shopping bag and win a $7,500 environmental grant for their school.

“We regularly hear from teachers about the importance students place on protecting the environment, so we developed the art contest with Earth Day Canada to engage students and instill a lifelong passion for protecting nature,” said Mary Desjardins, executive director, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. “It’s a great opportunity for elementary school students to appreciate the natural world while having fun creating their masterpiece.”

In addition to bragging rights and having their artwork seen by Canadians across the country, the winning student will receive a $7,500 environmental grant toward the development of an outdoor classroom or a schoolyard naturalization project, as well as a digital camera, valued at approximately $250, and a litterless lunchbox for each student in their class.

Nine secondary winners will also each receive a $500 environmental grant for their school, $25 cash and a litterless lunch box.

The drawings may also be featured in the 2012-2013 edition of Earth Day Canada’s EcoKids Calendar.

The contest runs until Oct. 14. For more information, please gog to www.fef.td.com/artcontest.