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EPIC announces plastics design contest winners

Grade four, five and six students across the country rose to the challenge of creating an entirely new item from us...

Grade four, five and six students across the country rose to the challenge of creating an entirely new item from used plastic products. That was the premise of the “Let’s Reuse It” Design Challenge contest, sponsored by the Environment and Plastics Industry Council (EPIC). The contest began in the 2003 school year and concluded on April 22, 2004. During that period, EPIC received over 100 entries from schools located across Canada.

Each contest entry had to be accompanied by a photograph or illustration of the newly designed product, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to build it. Judging was based on the merits of the new product in terms of its functionality and artistic design, as well as overall presentation.

“We were very happy with the high calibre of entries that we received,” comments Karen Wolfe, director of communications for CPIA. “This was a contest that was designed to promote the concept of reuse and it is very gratifying to see that the students took that concept to heart and were able to use a lot of imagination and ingenuity in doing so.”

A total of six winning entries were chosen: two from grade four, two from grade five and two from grade six. Each of the respective classes from which the winning entries were received will be awarded a class microscope. Each of the students in the six winning classes will also be given a litterless lunch kit.

The two winning classes at the grade four level are Lee Schuppli’s class at Graminia Community School in Spruce Grove, Alberta, and Mrs. Yaremko’s class at Allan Johnstone School in Hardistry, Alberta.

The winning grade five entries came from Mrs. Jones’ class at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic School in Scarborough, Ontario, and Mrs. MacQuarrie’s and Mr. Saplamaeff’s class at Gibson Elementary School in Delta, British Columbia.

The two grade six winning entries came from Mrs. Hanssen’s class at Green Acres Colony in Wawanesa, Manitoba, and Mrs. Smith’s class at Bready School in North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

“We would like to congratulate everyone who entered the contest and to commend each and every student on a job well done,” concludes Wolfe. “We’d also like to extend our appreciation to the many teachers who worked with their students to make this whole contest as fun and exciting as possible.”

EPIC is an industry initiative dedicated to the responsible use and recovery of plastics resources. EPIC is a council of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).

For more information, please contact Karen Wolfe, director of communications for EPIC at 905-678-7405, ext. 241 or

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