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STAMFORD — Dolan Middle School eighth grader Kaitlin Doyle was announced the winner of the Recycle Bag Art contest at Stamford Public Schools.
In preparation for Stamford’s upcoming ban on plastic bags, the Recycling and Sanitation Department held a contest for students in Stamford to design a logo for a reusable bag that will be distributed at the city’s upcoming Earth Day event. Doyle, a student of Dolan art teacher Jennifer Marchetti, created the winning design which will be featured on bags distributed April 22.
“We received many entries that exhibited students’ interpretation of recycling and how it affects the world we live in,” said art teacher Module Downer. “Although several of them were excellent ideas, we chose the design that was most unique and best reflected Stamford’s mission on recycling.”
The contest was organized by Downer, as well as Supervisor of Recycling & Sanitation Dan Colleluori. Each design was graded on its ability to clearly demonstrate the benefits of recycling, as well as the quality of the art itself.
“Holding the contest was a creative way to engage students in the city’s effort to change behaviors around the use of plastic bags,” said Colleluori. “Residents who attend our Earth Day event will have the added benefit of taking home a reusable bag that features student artwork.”
Stamford’s Earth Day Event will take place April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Stamford Government Center Lobby, 888 Washington Blvd. Residents can attend the event and receive free reusable bags, including a bag with Doyle’s winning design. Residents can also donate unused reusable bags in their possession for other residents to incorporate into their daily habits.