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Earth Day Art Contest Features Ways to “Go Green”

Congratulations to Ali Karim, a 4th grader at Snoqualmie Elementary School (SES), whose recycling poster was selected as the grand-prize winner in the first annual Snoqualmie Student Art Contest, sponsored by the City of Snoqualmie and Waste Management.  The contest invited 3rd and 4th graders at SES and Cascade View Elementary School (CVES) to show what recycling means to them in an Earth Day poster contest. As a result, 43 students submitted entries. out of which 18 works of art were selected as finalists.  The winners include:
  • Ali Karim, SES (Grand-prize winner) 
  • Madeline Adams, CVES
  • Maggie Brake, SES
  • Haley Clark, CVES 
  • Josiah Clark, CVES
  • Emilee Ann Costello, CVES 
  • Kaelee Duong, SES 
  • Stella Erlandson, CVES
  • Gracie Hart, CVES 
  • Parker Jones, SES
  • Brooke McBride, SES
  • Draeden Miller, SES
  • Connor Nixon, SES
  • Kaitlyn Novak, SES
  • Riyen Rabe-Alexander, SES 
  • Emma Sharkey, SES 
  • Emma Smith, SES
  • Brooklyn Warner, CVES
  • Serena Wolf, SES 
Their inspiring earth-friendly works of art are now on display at Snoqualmie City Hall through mid-May. In addition, the 18 winning posters will be published in Snoqualmie’s 2015 Recycling Guide, with the first-place poster featured as the cover artwork.

Art Contest participant with Snoqualmie Mayor
Young artists who participated in the contest pose with Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson and Kristin Kinder from Waste Management.

Snoqualmie Mayor Matt Larson presented the awards and student recognition at a reception at City Hall on Earth Day, April 22. After announcing the grand prize winner, the mayor asked the 4th grader if he’d like to say anything. Below are the impressive words of wisdom that Ali Karim read to those in attendance and gave us permission to share here:

By Ali Karim

Have you ever picked up litter?
Have you ever stopped your friend from throwing garbage on this beautiful land called Earth?

If you have, you know there is a difference between the two. One cares about this gift we have been given while the person who litters takes all the blessings as taken for granted.

Please take a moment to think about this earth or world as we call it -- a home for millions and billions of species. Just think about water, air and food are the basic need of every living thing. Probably people living in Seattle will never dream to lose their water resources but it is not true if we pollute the water, we are destroying not only the beautiful creatures living in the water which provide food on a daily basis to us, but also there will be no water left in few years for us. One example is the State of California which is struggling every year to save this precious resource.
That’s where The Green Team comes in. I am very proud to be a Green Team member. As a member of the Green Team we understand Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials and turning them into new products.
In our school, we try to educate others on the 4 Rs: reduce, reuse, rethink, and recycle. Recycling helps to conserves natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals, prevents pollution, saves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change, helps sustain the environment for future generations, and helps create new jobs.
It is so much fun and our teachers are our best guides. If you aren’t a part of Green Team, you can just form your own little club and invite people to join. So, Go Earth!!!
winning poster

My picture is about how we can recycle and reuse to make this world a beautiful place. We all love this earth and we love to spend our sunny days playing outside, planting new trees and socializing with friends. This picture shows how you can give your garden, public playgrounds or parks a new look by using our old stuff like bottles, cans, tires. I ask you my friends, let’s make my picture a reality this summer and plant new plants by using old bottles, be creative, and reuse our old stuff to beautify our neighborhood parks.
When asked to do a project on recycling I was shocked to learn on the internet how plastic bags and other plastic garbage thrown into the ocean kill as many as 1,000,000 sea creatures every year! To produce each week's Sunday newspapers, 500,000 trees must be cut down, Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours, Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of 100 acres per minute!
I got inspired by an article which was about how China, one of the largest populations in the world, is trying unique ways to recycle every day. I even have a game for you guys to play in summers, who will collect the most garbage in the park or on the beach and win a prize.
In the end I would only like to request
  • please share the natural resources wisely with others,
  • respect earth’s natural beauty,
  • and save it for our future generations.
This is how we can thank our countless blessings.
Student with his teacher
Karim with his proud 4th grade teacher Ms. Gjurasic