The theme has been consistent for a few years – Choose to Reuse – as has the joyful noise filling the Escondido City Council Chambers. More than 150 people packed the chambers to celebrate the finalists and winners of the 27th Annual Earth Day Poster Contest hosted by the City’s Recycling Division on April 10.
Students ranging in age from kindergarten through eighth grade created posters using recycled materials to demonstrate how repurposing “trash” gives the items new life – similar to patching holey jeans or cleaning the label off a jam jar to use as a vase.
Public and private schools throughout Escondido were represented, from Reidy Creek Elementary on the north end of town to Classical Academy at the south end. The artists’ tools ran the gamut: torn old pool noodles depicted water, “rare” steak picks became hockey sticks, bubble wrap as a blue-sky backdrop, strawberry baskets broken into flower stems, plastic spoons layered into a flower, squashed cans became old tires, a CD fish, and a juice carton elephant.
Each of the 30 finalists was congratulated by both Mayor Paul McNamara and Deputy Mayor Consuelo Martinez.
After all the prizes and ribbons were distributed, the party adjourned to the outdoor dome area at City Hall for a reception hosted by Chick-fil-A and Jersey Mike’s. Although the Chick-fil-A cow couldn’t make it, the Bimbo doughboy filled in nicely. Many other businesses stepped in to sponsor – the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum, Grand Dentistry, McDonald’s, Esco Gelato, Glennie’s Office Products, Sky Zone Trampoline Park, Pieology, Ice-Plex and Escondido Federal Credit Union.