MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 12, 2017 — Evergreen Packaging, a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions, today announced the winners of the third annual Carton 2 Garden™ contest. The competition, administered by KidsGardening, gives students across the country a hands-on experience in repurposing empty milk and juice cartons to build or enhance their school gardens. This project promotes life skills such as creativity, leadership, and teamwork, along with teaching students about healthy eating and the eco-friendly benefits of cartons. This year’s Carton 2 Garden 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 their efforts in the following areas: 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. Overall, the contest awarded prizes valued at $22,500 to 14 winning schools around the country.
The grand prize and specialty prize winners of the contest are as follows:
“Students from across the country learned about sustainability, STEM applications and growing techniques while repurposing cartons in the Carton 2 Garden™ Contest,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager for Evergreen Packaging. “As the contest grows, it’s incredibly rewarding to see students participate in sustainable practices, conservation and community involvement while building their carton garden projects.”
Nearly 170 entries were judged on specific criteria, such as adherence to contest rules, creativity, use of sustainable materials and visual representation. Classroom groups were required to collect at least 100 cartons of any size, including cartons from the school cafeteria or from home. Materials other than cartons were allowed in the creations, but renewable, natural materials were strongly encouraged. All entries were judged by the education specialists at KidsGardening.
“The Carton 2 Garden™ Contest really brings out the best in students and their educators in terms of creativity, resourcefulness, and community spirit. It is such a pleasure to read through the thoughtful applications submitted to us,” says Emily Shipman, executive director of KidsGardening. “Kudos to Evergreen Packaging for their commitment to supporting the development of the next generation of environmental stewards.”
Ten additional schools were recognized for their carton garden creations, including:
Elementary School Winners (K-5)
Middle/High School Winners (6-12)
For more information on the contest, and to see other ways Evergreen Packaging is promoting eco-friendly habits to school-age children, 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 makes and supplies paper and paperboard products globally with manufacturing 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. All of the fiber used in Evergreen Packaging products comes from forests in the US where responsible forestry practices are used and where overall growth exceeds harvest.
KidsGardening.org has been a leading resource for school and youth gardening since 1982 providing garden grants, research and curriculum. The national non-profit create opportunities for kids to learn through the garden, engaging their natural curiosity and wonder by providing inspiration, know-how, networking opportunities, and additional educational resources.
Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org have benefited an estimated 1.5 children and contributed close to $4.4 million dollars in funding to youth gardening initiatives across the U.S. Learning through gardening creates generations of kids connected to their food and community and engaged in nurturing a healthy planet.
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