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Sixth through eighth grades.

Don't Be Despicable, Make Earth Livable!

School: 
St. Elizabeth R-IV
Teacher Name: 
Mrs. Voss
Class: 
Jr. High
School District: 
St. Elizabeth R-IV
Number of Participants: 
21

Students chose to create a minion from the "Despicable Me" movies for the No MOre Trash contest based on the shape of the trash can. Once their decision was made, the brainstormed and decided to make a cleaning minion, "Jerry". Their slogan is "don't be despicable, make Earth livable". The minion is currently on display in our elementary building (the kids love it) and will be used to collect soda tabs. To create the minion, students began by spray painting the trash can bright yellow. Once finished, measurements were taken to create the dress from a trash bag and doilies.

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Recycling Isn't a Game

School: 
Winfield Middle School
Teacher Name: 
Miss Kirwan
Class: 
Middle School L.E.A.P. Gifted Class
School District: 
Winfield R-IV School District
Number of Participants: 
7

The Winfield Middle School L.E.A.P. Gifted Education class designed their No MOre Trash can with the theme "Recycling Isn't a Game". They trasformed a trash can into a recycling bin by turning it into a pipe straight out of Super Mario Brothers game. Our receycling bin is modeled after the pipe that houses the Pirahna plants. Our hero, Mario, is standing next to the bin and telling us, "Recycling Isn't a Game."

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Missouri Can't Bear Any Trash (but this bear can)

School: 
Glasgow R-2
Teacher Name: 
Jill Flinn
Class: 
6th Grade Art
School District: 
Howard County R-2
Number of Participants: 
19

"Grizzly" the garbage gobbler just stepped off the Missouri State Flag to join in the Litter Pledge. Students worked for weeks during and after school to complete their reclaimed chicken wire sculpture surrounding a 30 gallon trash can. Thousands of recyclable plastic bags were brought in by students, faculty and staff. These bags were used to create his thick, textural coat. Having a bear in the school has generated much interest. All of the students are thrilled to throw away their trash in a proper place, especially since they're feeding a grizzly- safely!

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Elmer Fudd: The Twash Hunter

School: 
Faith Luthern School
Teacher Name: 
Debra Lawrence
Class: 
Sixth grade: Caleb, Faith, Ian, Spencer & Zach
School District: 
Faith Luteran School
Number of Participants: 
5

Our project has Elmer Fudd hunting for "Twash" with his trusty trash claw. We made our project by recycling an old playground ball, shoe boxes, egg cartons, film containers & old paint samples. The preschoolers were quite fascinated by our trash hunter when we put it in the cafeteria.

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Don't Litter My Lunchbox!

School: 
Southwest Livingston County R-1
Teacher Name: 
Marj Locker
Class: 
7th grade art
School District: 
Southwest Livingston Co. R-1
Number of Participants: 
14

Ricky Recycle wants you to get your trash into the right receptacle and not litter up where he finds his food! Ricky is a finicky raccoon who urges everyone to recycle and keep the environment clean. He is made of paper mache, a couple softballs for the eyes, paint, pipe cleaners, wire and hours of effort.

On his back, just above his tail, it says, "Don't litter my lunchbox!" Beside him is a lunchbox with litter in it and he looks up to plead for trash to go into the trash can!

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Basketball Hoop

School: 
Chillicothe Middle School
Teacher Name: 
Amy Peoples
Class: 
Sting Group
School District: 
Chillicothe R-2
Number of Participants: 
28

Students created a trash can design with backboard to encourage throwing away trash in correct locations.

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Where's the Trash Can?

School: 
School of the Osage Middle School
Teacher Name: 
Karen Blevins
Class: 
GATES 8
School District: 
School of the Osage
Number of Participants: 
5

Our inspiration for the contest entry was the 25th Anniversary of the Where's Waldo books. The separate scenes on the trash can were divided by thick, black lines which were inspired by a recent art unit of study in our GATES class (the painting Composition with Red, Blue, and Yellow by Piet Mondrian). There are several elements from the Where's Waldo collection: Waldo postcard scenes, trash-throwing Waldos and Wendas, and the red, blue, and white stripes.

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No MOre Trash Monster

School: 
Maple Park Middle School
Teacher Name: 
Daniel Johnson
Class: 
Maple Park Middle School
School District: 
North Kanasas City
Number of Participants: 
800

Theme- No littering
Materials used- Construction paper, tissue paper, and paint
How its displayed- On our main stair case that’s displayed on its own wall

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Trashy Pigs Make Me Angry

School: 
Bosworth RV
Teacher Name: 
Carol McCloud
Class: 
Missouri Conservation
School District: 
Bosworth RV
Number of Participants: 
17

Every student in the 7th/8th grade Conservation Class had to present a design and description of their idea to the class. By popular vote, the class chose three designs. The Conservation class at Bosworth RV has adopted the city's drainage ditch and used a variety of items, found during the ditch clean-up, in the construction of their trash cans. After construction was complete, the entire school, students/faculty/staff, voted on which project to submit for competition.

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Says the Owl: HOOO HAS TIME FOR TRASH?!

School: 
FESTUS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Teacher Name: 
VALERIE WALKER
Class: 
8th grade art
School District: 
Festus R-VI
Number of Participants: 
4

Students worked in groups to create their trashcans, after reading about public sculpture and its function in our society. Students brainstorm ideas for this functional art that must send an anti-trash message. This year we had 14 cans! After completion, all the teachers vote on their favorite one to submit. The owl was created from recycled cardboard, plastic lids, pipe insulation over hanger wire, paint, and LOTS of hot glue.
The students were very proud of their can and the Festus teachers thought these might be the best ones we've ever made.

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