Students: Design a Billboard

Talented Weston students can send a message about recycling and have a chance to earn $500 for the high school Green Team—and $250 for themselves—with a winning billboard design entry in a competition sponsored by the Housatonic Resources Recovery Authority.

If you are one of those talented students—or the parent of one—here is how it works.

The theme is Recycle Right. HRRA is big on recycling. Weston joined HRRA this year and is already reaping benefits.

The competition is open to all Weston students attending public, private, or home school in grades K–12.

How to enter

Art is to be created by hand on the blank side of the 8-½ by 11 entry form. It must be done in the landscape (horizontal) format. Other instructions appear on the entry form, which can be downloaded here.

The entry deadline is January 15, 2021, so get to work.

You can scan your finished creation and attach it to an email. That is actually the preferred approach. Hold on to the original. Email entries to Sarah Hutchison at

But if you prefer, you will be able to drop off the original in a box the Weston Public Library will have in the foyer. (When visiting the Library, be sure to wear a mask and adhere to all Covid-19 protocols.)

If you need a print copy of the entry form, just email HRRA at

The rules

With an entry, include the student's name, grade, address, and parent email. All other rules are on HRRA’s website, here:

There’s a catch.

Your artwork is meant to inspire people to only recycle acceptable items. Maybe you don’t know what items are acceptable for recycling. A lot of people—maybe most—don’t. You can learn about that from HRRA:

The winner of the Weston contest goes on to regional competition with winners from HRRA’s eleven other member towns. The first, second, and third place winners at that level—and the grand prize winner–will receive a cash prize.

In Weston, the contest's judging panel includes Amy Kalafa, chair of Weston's Select Committee on Sustainability, Michael Aikenhead, the Weston High School environmental science teacher, Karen Tatarka, director of the Weston Public Library, and Joyce Clear and Andrew Reiss of WestonArts.

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