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Posted on: December 27, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Recycling art contest enters seventh year


December 27, 2019

Student recycling art contest enters seventh year

MURPHY (December 27, 2019) For the seventh year in a row, student/artists are asked to put their drawing, painting, and coloring skills to work as the annual Keep Murphy Beautiful Recycling Art Contest entry deadline nears.

“As usual, we will have several categories,” says Bailey Ragsdale, President of Keep Murphy Beautiful, which is co-sponsoring the contest.  “Grand prize winners in the various categories will get their artwork displayed on the sides of recycling trucks, and our honorable mention entries will be reprinted on the sides of our Big Belly recycling collection bins.” 

The City’s solid waste contractor, Republic Services, is a co-sponsor of the contest.

The contest requires school-aged contestants to create a poster with a mascot depicting the phrase: “A Little Bit Makes a Big Difference.”  Deadline for entries is 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3.

Competition is divided into four grade-level categories:  K and 1st; 2nd to 4th; 5th and 6th; and 7th through 10th.  Students who reside in Murphy or who attend school in Murphy, including those who are home-schooled, attend private schools or attend alternate educational institutions are eligible.

Posters should be submitted on standard-sized 8 ½ by 11-inch paper, poster or card stock.  The submission must be designed in portrait or vertical orientation and should include the name of the mascot.  Media can include crayons, markers, watercolor or acrylic paints, color pencils, ink or other similar media.  Digitally created submissions will not be accepted.

Entries must have the artist’s name, age, grade, address, and phone number clearly printed on the mandatory entry form as well as on the back of the entry.  Entries without the official entry form cannot be accepted.  Each entrant will receive a commemorative T-shirt, and there is a limit of one entry per person. 

The art and accompanying form must be turned in to Customer Service on the first floor of City Hall, 206 North Murphy Road, or the Murphy Community Center, 205 North Murphy Road, during regular business hours.  The deadline to enter is 5 p.m., Monday, Feb. 3.

The four grand prize winners will be announced at a reception during the City Council meeting of Tuesday, March 17.

Entry forms and more information can be obtained at the Customer Service desk at City Hall; by calling 974‐468‐4107; or by sending an email message to Ragsdale at    


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