Taylor Appleton, a fifth grader in Mrs. Thomas’s Lincoln Center class will have her art work featured in the South Central Iowa Solid Waste Agency 2019 Calendar. A total of 24 students from Pella, BGM, Montezuma, Pella Christian, Grinnell, Melcher-Dallas and Knoxville are included as calendar winners.
This year’s calendar theme “Less Bags, More Bugs” is focused on the impact of our waste habits on the local environment, specifically pollinating insects. “In the last two years, SCISWA has planted thirty acres of pollinator habitat at the landfill site through a partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and Iowa Department of Natural Resources. We asked students to submit posters illustrating how waste reduction improves the environment for the pollinators we depend on,” says Jennifer Frampton, SCISWA Program Coordinator.
“Almost 400 students submitted posters to the contest, 25 were selected by the SCISWA Environmental Management System Core Team to be printed in the calendar,” says Frampton. Prizes awarded to students included pencils made of recycled materials as well as a SCISWA t-shirt featuring the calendar cover image. The 2019 calendar cover and Grand Prize winner is Emma Smith, a 3rd grade student of Pella Community School District, who received $100 and a fieldtrip for her class to Reiman Gardens in Ames, Iowa.
“We distribute 4,000 calendars throughout the planning area, copies are available at no charge to residents at the Landfill in Marion County or the Transfer Station in Poweshiek County,” says Frampton.
SCISWA is a regional government agency that provides solid waste transfer and disposal services within Lucas, Marion, Monroe and Poweshiek counties.