Evergreen Packaging, a global leader in fiber-based packaging solutions, together with KidsGardening, today announced the winners of the fourth annual Carton 2 Garden™ contest. 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 or juice cartons. This year’s contest focused on STEM, sustainability, and health and nutrition, and is awarding prizes totaling $22,500 to 14 schools around the country for their carton garden creations.
The winner categories include a $5,000 grand prize, three $2,500 specialty prizes, and ten $1,000 grade level prizes. The three specialty prize winners are awarded for efforts in the aforementioned categories: STEM, the best use of science, technology, engineering, and math lessons in their project; sustainability, the best demonstration of sustainable practices in their garden creation; and health and nutrition, the best incorporation of lessons on wellness in their project.
The grand prize and specialty prize winners of the contest are as follows:
“It was incredible to see how many of this year’s entries focused beyond the students’ school and sought to benefit their greater community,” said Katie Simmons, marketing director for Evergreen Packaging. “By participating in the Carton 2 Garden contest, students are not only learning about the importance of eco-friendly packaging and practices, but about how to be positive, engaged role models in their neighborhoods and cities as well.”
A total of 270 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 allows students to express their creativity and strengthen their leadership abilities all while learning about how to take care of their minds, bodies, communities and planet,” says Emily Shipman, executive director of KidsGardening. “We are so thrilled to partner with Evergreen Packaging to bring this important opportunity to students across the country.”
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 is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. More than 70 percent of each Evergreen Packaging carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.
KidsGardening creates opportunities for kids to learn through the garden, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder by providing grants, curriculum, know-how, and inspiration. For 35 years, KidsGardening has led the school gardening movement. KidsGardening believes learning through gardening creates generations of kids connected to their food and community and engaged in nurturing a healthy planet. As a national nonprofit, KidsGardening is improving nutritional attitudes, educational outcomes, social emotional learning, and environmental stewardship in youth across the country. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has benefited an estimated 1.5 million children and contributed close to $4.4 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives across the U.S
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