The City of Longview along with the Keep Longview Beautiful program came up with an idea that would not only involve youth around the city in their recycling programs, but allow them to have fun with it as well.
The idea is an art contest and this is the first time the city has attempted anything like this. Youth from schools all around the City of Longview drew up pieces of art best depicting what they thought of when recycling came to mind.
The pieces of artwork were brought to City Hall where they were judged by people from around the city and members of the city works program.
Why were they being judged? The winners of this art contest will have their work blown up to a four-foot, by ten-foot banner size that will be placed on the side of the City of Longview sanitation trucks.
Not only will these students be praised for winning the contest, they will be able to see their art around town as the hardworking City of Longview sanitation crews keep the city clean.
“The event was open to any school within the city limits, be it private or LISD or Pine Tree,” stated David Simmons, recycling coordinator for the City of Longview. “We wanted to showcase some of our kids’ art, and we wanted to promote recycling. We really wanted to get the kids involved, because when you get the kids involved, they get their parents involved. We wanted them to see that they and their art can make a difference.”
The artwork could be any type the students could imagine. Drawing, coloring, painting and even digital artwork was allowed.
As for the winners, only sixteen slots are available – one banner for each side of the eight natural gas sanitation trucks the city has. Four winners will be selected from each age group: K-Third, Fourth-Sixth, Seventh-Ninth, and 10-12. The winners will have their work first show on their own campus beginning in January and going through February. Each winner will have their classes called out at the school, so that the artwork can be displayed.
“The artwork is judged on creativity, originality and focus on the theme of ‘Recycling in Longview, Texas,” stated Simmons. “The work artwork will not only be displayed on the trucks, but it will have the name of the student who created it as well as the school they came from. We are excited and had an excellent turn out.”
The trucks will be rolling out soon, so keep an eye out for the artwork being displayed – and continue working to “Keep Longview Beautiful.”