Memphis, TN (May 13, 2016) — Evergreen Packaging, a leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, today announced the winners of the second annual Carton 2 Garden™ contest. The competition gives students across the country a hands-on experience in repurposing empty milk and juice cartons to build or enhance their school gardens. Along with teaching students about healthy eating and the eco-friendly benefits of cartons, this project promotes life skills such as creativity, leadership, and teamwork. This year’s Carton 2 Garden winner categories include a $5,000 grand prize, three $2,500specialty 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 Community Involvement, the best engagement of groups outside the school. 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:
“This year’s Carton 2 Garden™ Contest offered thousands of students across the country an opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience while developing key insights into their impact on the environment,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager for Evergreen Packaging. “It was incredibly rewarding to see these students learn throughout the process of building their carton gardens – embracing recycling, healthy eating and community involvement as they created their entries.”
Nearly 130 schools across the country submitted entries to be 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 suggested. All entries were judged by a panel consisting of representatives from KidsGardening.org.
“We love working with Evergreen Packaging on the Carton 2 Garden™ Contest because it’s about unleashing kids creativity to be actively involved in learning about science, math, community, gardening and themselves,” said Amanda Slater, interim executive director of KidsGardening.org. “It’s always so difficult to choose a winner as all of the projects are successful, and we salute all of the participants who worked so hard on their creations.”
Ten additional schools were recognized for their carton garden creations, including:
Elementary School Winners (K-5)
Middle/High School Winners (6-12)
The next Carton 2 Garden contest will take place in spring 2017. 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 is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. 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.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.
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