Earth Day Challenge for Kid Artists - deadline end of April!March 28, 2013 - TRC - By Stacie HainesLast year’s winning art work by Augusta fourth grader, Katie Boston, appeared on dozens of t-shirts and other promotional material !As Earth Day approaches, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is inviting Maine elementary school age kids to create images of a pollution-free world, in honor of Earth Day and Rachel Carson’s contribution to a cleaner environment. The artworks may be in 2-colors and up to 8.5” by 11” and will be featured in a slide show on NRCM’s website at www.nrcm.org. In addition, artwork submitted will automatically be considered for use as an image on a tee-shirt for NRCM’s 5k and kid’s “fun run” event in October, to honor the anniversary of the publication of the book, Silent Spring. The event, dubbed “Rachel’s Run and Kids’ Fun,” will raise funds for and awareness about NRCM’s ongoing work to keep toxic chemicals out of Maine’s air, water, wildlife, and forests. Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson, helped launch the environmental movement and changed our society by illustrating the connection of human beings with all other life around us. Rachel Carson demonstrated the effects of dangerous chemicals, most notably the pesticide DDT, on the environment, particularly on birds. Bald eagles and other species suffered huge population declines as a result of this poison. Submissions for the Earth Day slideshow may be mailed or dropped off, by the end of April, to the Natural Resources Council of Maine, 3 Wade St, Augusta, ME 04330. Alternatively, photographs of the artwork, or questions about the event, may be emailed to Stacie Haines, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Natural Resources Council of Maine will offer the school with the most participants a $100 gift card for art supplies. “We look forward to seeing the creativity and care Maine children have for the environment, expressed through art!” said Stacie.NOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.