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Poetry contest celebrates Clean Air Month in May

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May is Clean Air Month, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is marking the occasion with a poetry contest for elementary school children.

“Air, Air Everywhere”

The Wisconsin DNR issued a call for entries in the 2014 contest, titled “Air, Air Everywhere.” Teachers are invited to submit students’ poems or riddles, based on their experiences in completing related sensory experiences about air characteristics.

Entries are due Friday, May 16. Judges will pick a winner and two runners up, which will be featured on the DNR’s “EEK! Environmental Education for Kids” website. The top winner will receive an award certificate, a classroom set of solar calculators, and a special teacher gift certificate for a Project Wild or Project Wet workshop for the entire class.

Who is eligible to enter the DNR’s Clean Air Month poetry contest?

The free contest is open to third, fourth, and fifth grade students in Wisconsin. All poems must be original and student-created. All entries must be teacher-submitted, and each teacher is limited to three entries per class. Poems may be no longer than 200 words and must focus on air qualities or the importance of clean air.

Each entry must list the student’s name, the teacher’s name, the teacher’s email and phone number, and the school address. Poems will not be returned, and all entries become the property of the Wisconsin DNR, including rights to publish and promote them.

Results of the Wisconsin DNR’s Clean Air Month poetry contest will be announced May 30.

For more information:

  • Lindsay Haas – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Address: 141 NW Barstow Street, Room 180, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188
  • Phone: 262-574-2113
  • Email:

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