Valley students asked to share their vision for clean air by air pollution control district

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District opening artist applications for 2022 Healthy Air Living Kids’ Calendar Contest

CENTRAL VALLEY – Clean air is hard to see, but students from kindergarten through 12th grade are being asked to draw their vision of healthy air living for 2022’s San Joaquin Valley air district’s calendar art contest.

Teacher and parents are being encouraged to let their students all over the Valley to pick up a crayon, marker, pen or pencil and let their creative juices flow. Last year, because students were not in the physical classroom due to COVID-19, the district moved to a virtual version of the Kids’ Calendar for 2021. This year, the district plans to return to printing and distributing calendars to schools, community groups, healthcare facilities and other clean-air partners, as in years past.

Entries are due by Friday, Oct. 8, 2021. Winners and their artwork are featured in this bilingual wall calendar, showing how residents can improve air quality and quality of life for all Valley residents.

Guidelines for creating a winning Healthy Air Living kids calendar entry:

  • Paper should be placed in landscape orientation, so it is 8½ inches high and 11 inches wide
  • Artwork should be in color and produced by paint, pen, crayon, marker, colored pencil or even computer-generation. Vivid colors are recommended.

Artwork should contain a message about how to live a Healthy Air Life. Examples of past messages include: “Switch to an electric lawn mower,” “Be cool and carpool when going to school,” “Don’t burn wood, switch to gas,” “Please don’t idle while waiting for the kids at school.”

Bilingual and Spanish-language messages are encouraged.

Artists need to include their name, address, phone number, e-mail, age, grade and school, on the back of the entry. Please mail art flat, not folded or stapled, to: 2022 Kids’ Calendar Contest, Valley Air District, 1990 E. Gettysburg Ave., Fresno, CA 93726, or drop off your entry at the nearest District office in Modesto, Fresno or Bakersfield.

For an example of this year’s calendar and additional contest information, visit: www.valleyair.org/kidscalendar. For questions about the contest, email [email protected] or call a regional office: in Fresno (559-230-6000), in Modesto (209-557-6400) and in Bakersfield (661-392-5500).

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