‘Don’t be mean, keep Marystown clean’

Sa­cred Heart stu­dents art­work to be­come road signs to re­mind peo­ple not to lit­ter

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY COLIN FAR­RELL MARYSTOWN, N.L. Colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

Amanda Ka­vanagh of Lit­tle Bay likes to in­cor­po­rate rhymes into her art work, which is ev­i­dent from the win­ning de­sign she sub­mit­ted to the Town of Marystown poster con­test.

“When I came up with the catch phrase, I just tried to use words that like clean, if you want to keep Marystown clean, so I was like what rhymes with clean…that would be mean,” she re­called. “So I said, ‘OK, I’ll try and put that in a sen­tence.’”

The Grade 5 stu­dent she set­tled on ‘Don’t be mean, keep Marystown clean’ as the slo­gan for her pic­ture.

Amanda said it was pretty cool to learn that her en­try had been se­lected as the first place en­try from Sa­cred Heart, “be­cause I (did) not think for a sec­ond that I would be able to see a sign in Marystown with my drawl­ing on it.

“It’s re­ally, re­ally awe­some to be able to have that op­por­tu­nity to have it.”

Amanda en­joys spend­ing her sum­mer at a lo­cal swim­ming hole. See­ing peo­ple lit­ter there is, “not the best sight to see.” Amanda, along with her cousin, clean up lit­ter around the pond they swim at in Lit­tle Bay.

“You want to make sure that you have a good place to live and it (wouldn’t) be very nice just to have lit­ter ev­ery­where, and it’s not very clean,” she said.

Maria Smith and Lola Pittman were the run­ners-up in the poster con­test.

Amanda, as well as Maria and Lola, will have their draw­ings fea­tured on signs to be dis­played through­out town.

Maria said she spent a lit­tle over an hour de­sign­ing her poster that fea­tured a smil­ing trash can with the words ‘Feed me, I like lit­ter’ above it.

Maria is also ex­cited to have her art­work turned into a sign. “I am re­ally happy,” she said. Maria ex­pressed con­cern about what lit­ter­ing could mean to peo­ple vis­it­ing the town.

“When new peo­ple come then that’s all they’ll see and they won’t think that it’s a re­ally good town ‘cause there’s lit­ter and no one’s help­ing clean it up,” she said.

Lola was sur­prised to learn that her piece was among those se­lected be­cause of some­thing the other en­tries had that hers didn’t.

“A lot of peo­ple said that you had to write a sen­tence, and they said you prob­a­bly won’t win if you don’t,” she said.

In her pic­ture she showed two dif­fer­ent sce­nar­ios with some­one toss­ing lit­tle to the ground, which was ac­com­pa­nied by a red ‘X’ and in the other pic­ture the per­son is plac­ing the lit­ter in a trash can, which was given a green check mark.

Lola said one thing that both­ers her is see­ing peo­ple throw lit­ter out their car win­dows while driv­ing, “’cause there are an­i­mals, and it could hurt them.”

Cap­tured the mes­sage

Coun. Mike Bren­nan, co-chair of the clean-up com­mit­tee for the Town of Marystown feels that the stu­dents re­ally cap­tured the mes­sage of the con­test.

“From that they came up with some re­ally cre­ative and (put) in­ge­nu­ity in their posters, and the colours were just phe­nom­e­nal,” he said.

Bren­nan co-chairs the com­mit­tee with Coun. Nora Trem­blett.

He added that the stu­dents work will get a great mes­sage across to the peo­ple of the town.

Win­ning en­tries into the con­test will be turned into sig­nage that will be placed in ar­eas of town as part of the com­mit­tee anti-lit­ter­ing cam­paign.

“We need to get the mes­sage out to all the re­gion, about the lit­ter­ing that’s on in this area,” Bren­nan said. “Now we’re tak­ing th­ese (de­signs) and they’re go­ing to full signs, and from there peo­ple will be get­ting the mes­sage ev­ery­day (to) keep our town clean, and keep the area clean.”

Bren­nan also noted the town is look­ing into the idea of an adopt-a-sign pro­gram where busi­nesses could spon­sor a sign.

“One of th­ese pieces of art then from the beau­ti­ful chil­dren in our re­gion will be on th­ese signs pro­mot­ing anti-lit­ter­ing,” he said.

Bren­nan feels the poster con­test was a good av­enue to get the mes­sage out to stu­dents.

“It is ob­vi­ous right now that our chil­dren are very con­cerned about the lit­ter­ing in the re­gion, we have hun­dreds of posters,” he said. “If we can get the mes­sage out through the eyes of our chil­dren, (then) maybe the grown-ups will take ad­van­tage, and start do­ing what th­ese chil­dren are ask­ing us to do.”


Three stu­dents from Sa­cred Heart Academy in Marystown had their art­work se­lected from sub­mis­sions as part of the Town of Marystown’s poster con­test. Amanda Ka­vanagh (front) was se­lected as the first place win­ner, while Maria Smith (left) and Lola...

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