Evergreen Packaging®, a global leader in fiber-based packaging solutions, together with KidsGardening, today announced the winners of the annual Carton 2 Garden™ contest. Now in its fifth year, the contest promotes life skills such as creativity, leadership and teamwork by inviting students to work together to build or enhance their school gardens with repurposed milk and juice cartons. A total of $23,000 in prizes is being awarded to 15 schools around the country for their carton garden creations.
The winner categories include a $5,000 grand prize, four $2,000 specialty prizes, and ten $1,000 grade level prizes. The four specialty prize winners are awarded for efforts in these categories: STEM, best incorporation of science, technology, engineering and math learning in their project; Environmental Stewardship, the best demonstration of sustainable practices and environmental awareness in their garden creation; Health and Nutrition Education, the best incorporation of lessons on healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors in their project; and Carton Art in the Garden, the best display of garden-inspired carton art in a garden creation.
“Each year we are amazed and impressed at level of creativity and quality of thinking that these students put into their Carton 2 Garden projects,” said Katie Simmons, marketing director for Evergreen Packaging. “These students from kindergarten to high school embrace not only their individual project, but the benefits of eco-friendly packaging and practices overall. They are truly positive and engaged role models in their schools, neighborhoods and communities.”
The grand prize and specialty prize winners of the contest are as follows:
Over 150 entries were judged on specific criteria, including creativity, incorporation of sustainable materials and visual representation. Classroom groups were required to repurpose at least 100 cartons of any size in their creation, including cartons from the school cafeteria or from home. All entries were judged by the education specialists at KidsGardening.
“The Carton 2 Garden Contest is about creativity, leadership, and environmental responsibility all rolled into one,” says Helen Rortvedt, executive director of KidsGardening. “This partnership with Evergreen Packaging allows students from across the country the opportunity to expand their minds through gardening while making a real impact on their communities and their planet.”
Ten additional schools from across the country were recognized for their carton garden creations:
Elementary School Winners (K-5)
Middle/High School Winners (6-12)
For more information about the Carton 2 Garden contest, and to see other ways Evergreen Packaging is supporting the sustainable packaging movement, please visit www.carton2garden.com.
About Evergreen Packaging®
Evergreen Packaging, a global leader in paper packaging solutions, makes paper and paperboard products from responsibly sourced fiber which are designed to deliver product freshness, brand distinction and supply chain confidence. Our products are manufactured globally in facilities in the US, Asia, Central America and the Middle East/North Africa. Evergreen Packaging is the number one supplier of liquid packaging board in the world. Evergreen Packaging cartons contain protective layers of plastic (including cap and spout). Fiber used in our products comes from forests in the US where responsible forestry practices are used and where overall growth exceeds harvest. www.evergreenpackaging.com
Gardening changes and improves kids’ lives, their communities, and the planet. KidsGardening has been a leader in the youth gardening movement since launching the Youth Garden Grant in 1982, the first and longest running program of its kind. As a national nonprofit, they inspire and support garden educators, volunteers, and families by offering grants, original educational resources, and by cultivating a community of practice. Garden-based learning improves nutritional attitudes and educational outcomes, enhances social and emotional learning, and gives rise to environmental stewardship in youth across the country. The national nonprofit envisions generations of happier, healthier kids learning in the garden and connecting to nature.
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