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'Recycle Today'

Alex Green • Apr 11, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Ottawa County fifth-graders are certainly in touch with 21st-century issues — and they’re working to get the rest of the world in touch.

   Area students came up with billboard messages to promote recycling as part of a competition hosted by the Ottawa, Sandusky, Seneca Joint Solid Waste District.

   Oak Harbor Middle School fifth-grader Amanda Clark and Danbury Middle School’s Kenny Kerik and Marena Owen emerged the winners.

   Kenny’s message — “One time is not enough, recycle today” — was cleverly fashioned to make use of the universal recycling symbol.

   Marena’s drawing was nothing short of brilliant. It poses a question — “Why cast in trash?” — alongside a drawing of a fisherman sadly scooping up items such as socks and plastic bottles.

   Amanda’s drawing could, perhaps, spark the next series of the 1990s TV Show “Captain Planet.” Her billboard features a woman superhero standing in front of the Earth, along with the message, “Protect the Earth, recycle first”

   She said she was thrilled to be one of the 120 students who participated in the program.

   “I’ve enjoyed drawing ever since I was little,” Amanda said. “I wanted to use a superhero because they stand proudly, and we all should be proud if we’re helping the Earth and recycling. I couldn’t believe it when I saw my picture on the billboard”

   Her drawing is displayed on the billboard near the BP gas station in Oak Harbor.

   “I am beyond thrilled about this award and the recognition Amanda has received” said Ashley Devito, her teacher. “Her picture was beautifully illustrated. In my eight years of teaching, this is the first time one of our students has won”

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