The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District is looking for new artists to help create their 2023 Living Air Healthy Kids calendar.
All San Joaquin Valley students in kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate in this annual competition, giving children the opportunity to create their own vision of Healthy Air Living.
Entries are made until October 14. Winners and their artwork will be featured in this bilingual calendar, showing how individuals can help improve air quality AND quality of life for all residents of the Valley. The district plans to print and distribute the calendars to schools, community groups, health care facilities and other clean air partners, as in past years.
The 2022 calendar featured artwork by two local students. Ballico Cressey Primary pupil Paul Voight shared a message “Please help keep the air clean and our planet green!” Turlock High School student Beneil Danielo illustrated his message of “healthy air living by walking and biking to school.”
The instructions for creating a winning Healthy Air Living children’s calendar entry are:
· The paper should be placed in landscape orientation, so it is 8-1/2 inches high and 11 inches wide
· Artwork must be in color and produced with ink, pen, crayon, marker, colored pencil or even computer generation. Bright colors are recommended.
· The artwork must contain a message about how to live a healthy life in the air. Examples of past messages include: “Switch to an electric lawnmower,” “Keep calm and socialize when you go to school,” “Don’t burn wood, switch to gas,” “Please don’t hang out while you wait for the kids at school .”
· Bilingual and Spanish language messages are encouraged.
Artists must include their name, address, phone number, email, age, grade and school on the back of the entry. Please mail art flat, not folded or stapled, to: 2023 Children’s Calendar Contest, Valley Air District, 1990 E. Gettysburg Ave., Fresno, CA 93726, or drop off your entry at the office at nearby district in Modesto, Fresno or Bakersfield.
For a sample of this year’s calendar and additional information about the contest, visit: www.valleyair.org/kidscalendar. For questions about the contest, send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Modesto regional office at (209) 557-6400.