MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is now accepting entries from third- through fifth-grade students for the Air, Air, Everywhere Poetry Contest.
Now in its 11th year, the annual MNR-sponsored contest is designed to raise awareness of the importance of good air quality in honor of Clean Air Month in May.
The DNR encourages teachers and parents to submit original poems and puzzles created by their students. The three winning poets will have their work featured on the DNR website and social media.
• Open to all third, fourth and fifth graders in Wisconsin.
• Any form of original poetry or riddle is acceptable. The entry must be 200 words or less and describe the air or the importance of clean air.
• The writing must be the original work of the student.
• Each entry must include the name of the author, the name of the parent and teacher, and the email and phone number of the parent and teacher.
• Email applications to: DNRAirEducation@wisconsin.gov.
• The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, May 6, 2022. Contest entries will not be returned and will become the property of the Contest Sponsor.
DNR’s Air, Air Everywhere Teacher’s Guide includes 10 activities to get students thinking about the air in Wisconsin. As part of the campaign “Where is the air?” activity, students will perform simple sensory experiments to discover the characteristics of air, then write a poem or riddle describing air.
Be sure to check out the Wisconsin Air Quality Facts and Information Guide to help students complete their puzzles and poems. This resource is packed with facts about Wisconsin’s air quality history and current state to help students understand the state’s ongoing air quality improvement.
More information about the Air, Air, Everywhere contest is available at https://dnr.wisconsin.gov.