By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– Local students who have a “Flair for Clean Air” can earn a chance to win up to $100 and a new bicycle by participating in the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District’s 2019 Clean Air Month Poster Contest.
The District annually hosts a new theme for the contest and challenges students to learn about issues affecting air quality while also being creative. This year’s theme, “A Flair for Clean Air,” prompts participants to show how they can help reduce air pollution simply by changing things in the course of their every-day routines. Whether it’s at school, work or home, we can all make small changes to help reduce air pollution and the District is asking students to illustrate those ideas in original, hand-drawn posters.
“This is one of our most popular programs and the number of participants continues to grow every year,” said Brad Poiriez, Executive Director of the MDAQMD. “It’s important to get these issues in front of our youth at a young age because they will be dealing with it on a greater level as they become our next leaders.”
Students compete in one of four categories by grade level: kindergarten through second; third through fifth; sixth through eighth; and ninth through 12th. The top three winners in each category will win $100, $50 and $25 respectively and every accepted entry is automatically entered for a chance to win a new bicycle generously donated by contest cosponsor Victor Valley Transit Authority.
Entry deadline is 5 p.m. on May 2, 2019. Students in grades K-12 who attend school in the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County or Palo Verde Valley of Riverside County are eligible to participate.
MDAQMD is the air pollution control authority and permitting agency for the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and the Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. It’s governed by a board of 13 members representing nine incorporated municipalities and two counties within its boundaries. Visit mdaqmd.ca.gov or follow us on social media @MDAQMD.