Vermont Students Think Green: Kids Reflect on the Importance of Green Up Day | Community


MONTPELLIER, Vt. — We love Armand Poulin’s Green Up Memorial Day Art Contest!

Yes, the name is a mouthful but for good reason.

In 2020, longtime pageant judge Armand Poulin passed away. “He had judged every year since the competition’s inception in 1980, so it seemed only fitting that we honor him by renaming the competition,” agree longtime judges David Schutz and Hale Ritchie. The duo had been co-judges with Poulin since 2003.

The decades of commitment to the success of Green Up Day are current and continuous.

“Each year, we receive hundreds of entries for the art competition. It’s one of my favorite times of the year,” said Green Up CEO Kate Alberghini. “There is a lot of reflection and vulnerability in the works of these students. Some are bright and cheerful, while others show genuine concern for our environment and what it would be like without Green Up Day. The underlying message is that everyone can help, and by working together, we can make Vermont a great place to live and play.

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Armand Poulin Green Up Memorial Day Poster Artwork Contest: JoJo Seagraves, 3/4 from Underhill; Canute Hoehn, grade 8 from Shelburne; and Shterna Gordon, Grade 11 from West Pawlet for each age group (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) and the overall winner is Marina Hallisey, Grade 7 also from Shelburne. Marina’s art will adorn the Green Day 2022 poster and other marketing materials. Cash prizes are awarded to each winner.

We always have the opportunity for children of all ages to get involved in the writing, jingle and video contests and we encourage children to share their message and have fun with the medium they love the most. . And of course, we hope they will become influencers in their schools and communities by participating in Green Up Day on Saturday May 7th.

To find out how to get involved with Green Up Vermont, visit greenupvermont.org. Green Up supplies will be distributed in the municipalities at the beginning of April. Be sure to mark your calendars for the 52nd Green Up Day.

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