Winners of calendar contest honored

Staff photo by Mathew Plamondon The 12 students whose art was chosen to as the winners of the 2019 Recycling Calendar Contest recently received their awards from Mayor Jim Donchess at City Hall. Their art will be featured on a calendar poster distributed throughout the city.

NASHUA – The 2019 Recycling Calendar Contest Awards Ceremony recently took place in front of a packed auditorium on the third floor of City Hall.

The contest is done every year as a part of the Division of Public Works’ way of including students in Nashua’s schools in recycling awareness.

There were 367 students who submitted illustrations and 12 of those students had their drawings selected to be a part of the calendar poster.

The theme to this year’s contest was Recycle Right, which was chosen to help raise awareness and spread proper recycling practices to city residents. The students’ illustrations were to focus on getting the message out about disposing recyclable waste properly, while not mixing in items that cannot be processed.

“Recycling markets are having a difficult time,” Nashua Recycling Coordinator Sally Hyland said. “We’re trying to make sure people are recycling only what’s acceptable, for instance no plastic bags, no Styrofoam.”

Children from different grades and age ranges submitted their drawings and the calendar poster reflects the skills and creativity of the artist selected. With winners ranging from first grade to all the up to 10th grade, a wide variety of colors and compositions are featured on the poster.

As the contest is run yearly throughout the city’s schools, there have been different campaigns with each carnation. Some of the campaign’s previous themes included Invest in Nashua’s Future – Recycle, Be Smart, Use a Cart – Recycle and Be Cool, Recycle at School.

“It is certainly an important campaign,” Hyland said about the calendar contest. “There have been over 2,200 drawings submitted over the years.”

Hyland said there will be 2,000 copies of the poster distributed to the public via schools and and public buildings.