By Diane Glidewell
On Friday, April 30 a group of nine volunteers tackled the momentous task of choosing winners from the approximately 1,600 entries in the art contest for grades K-5 in the Great American Cleanup Challenge. The contest is held in conjunction with the Great American Cleanup, a national event which is spearheaded locally by the Clean Up Butts Association.
The purpose of the Great American Cleanup is to promote awareness and action in protecting our environment and making our bit of the world a safer and more beautiful place. All children in Butts County of kindergarten through fifth grade age were invited to create a picture promoting taking care of their surroundings in the home, community, and school.
The majority of students in Daughtry, Jackson, and Stark Elementary Schools created entries, and many of them were outstanding.
"We were very pleased with the participation this year," said CUBA leader Jim Trenton.
The Grand Prize winner is Jesse Binkley Cox, a fourth grade student at Stark Elementary. Second place was awarded to Chelsi Brewer, a second grade student at Jackson Elementary.
The other grade level winners are: Preston Lee, a kindergarten student at Stark Elementary; Jwalisha Amin, a first grade student at Jackson Elementary; Sydney Gains, a third grade student at Daughtry Elementary; and Joba Duke, a fifth grade student at Jackson Elementary.
Each of the winners will receive a framed certificate from CUBA, a pass for free skating at the Skate Galaxy, a pass for free bowling at O'Hara's Bowling Center, and a $50 cash prize. As the runner-up overall, Chelsi also wins a skating party for nine friends, and as the Grand Prize winner Jesse will also receive a new pair of skates.
The 2010 Great American Cleanup Challenge Contest sponsors who made these prizes possible are the City of Jackson, Jones Ace Hardware, Playtime Learning Center, McIntosh State Bank, United Bank, R & B Metal Structures, O'Hara's Bowling Center, Skate Galaxy, and J.B. White.
The volunteers who tackled the task of choosing winners from the many entries were Lillian Cowell, Jerry Carter, Betty Carter, Sims Crawford, Barbara Walls, Debbie Godlewski, Rosey Glidewell, Emma Chapman, and Jim Trenton.