Young re­cy­cling artists claim their prizes

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — SARAH ACOSTA, SMITHVILLE TIMES

The win­ners of the 2012 Re­cy­cle More Art Con­test were beam­ing with smiles when they re­cently re­ceived cash prizes for their Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tion en­tries.

Keep Bas­trop County Beau­ti­ful Chair­woman Dorothy Skar­nulis said more than 100 Smithville, Bas­trop and El­gin stu­dents par­tic­i­pated in the art con­test this year by sub­mit­ting a Christ­mas or­na­ment made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als.

“Par­tic­i­pants from through­out the county showed their amaz­ing cre­ativ­ity,” Skar­nulis said. “We en­joyed the looks of the stu­dents when they saw their prizes as a re­ward for their cre­ativ­ity and ef­fort and the feel­ing that they know a bit more about re­cy­cling now.”

The con­test is spon­sored by an H-E-B Green Bag grant.

“This is our sec­ond year to re­ceive the Green Bag grant from Keep Texas Beau­ti­ful and H-E-B,” Skar­nulis said. “Last year it was lim­ited to stu­dents in (the Bas­trop school district) and so we ex­panded par­tic­i­pa­tion to be more in­clu­sive.”

The or­na­ments are on dis­play at the El­gin H-E-B store as a part of Festivi Trees, a project that show­cases Christ­mas trees made from re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als at lo­cal busi­nesses.

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