Keep Arkansas Beautiful announces statewide K-5 student contest

LITTLE ROCK (Jan. 29, 2019) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) invites students in grades kindergarten through fifth to put their creativity on paper and enter this year’s Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest. Entries are due Friday, March 1. Entry rules are available at

Each year, KAB hosts the youth poster contest as part of the Keep America Beautiful™ Great American Cleanup in Arkansas to engage elementary-age students in litter-awareness education, to increase involvement in the cleanup initiative statewide, and to educate the public about the importance of a litter-free community.

“All Arkansans can do something to keep the places we call home litter-free,” said Liz Philpott, volunteer program manager at KAB and statewide coordinator of the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. “Our youth are especially important to making and keeping Arkansas clean. And they are such great influencers on the rest of us! It’s inspiring each year to see how creative our young people are when communicating about litter.”

The contest is open to all elementary-aged students in Arkansas. Scouts, 4-H club members and home-schooled students are also encouraged to enter. One poster per class or group should be submitted for statewide judging.

Entries will be accepted in two divisions: Grades K-2 and Grades 3-5. Posters must be no larger than 8½” x 11” and can be submitted on any sort of paper medium, including copier paper, construction paper and poster board.

Prizes will be awarded to the Top 3 posters in each division. KAB and Great American Cleanup in Arkansas representatives will recognize winners in their local communities during March and April. Winning posters and honorable mentions will be displayed April 22–26 at the Thea Foundation Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, as well as on KAB’s Facebook page.

Entries are due Friday, March 1, by mail or delivery to Keep Arkansas Beautiful, 1 Capitol Mall, Suite 4A-007, Little Rock, AR 72201. Additional information about contest rules and entry is available at, by or by calling 888-742-8701 toll-free.

The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s busy tourism season. Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar events at The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May.