Benjamin N. Cardozo High School has been selected as the Grand Prize winner for Evergreen Packaging’s Made by Milk 2014 Carton Construction Contest.
The school won the grand prize of $5,000, which they plan to use to create recycle art classes, a plan that fulfills one of the three goals Evergreen Packaging had in mind when it created the contest.
“We wanted to create a program that encourages milk consumption in the school, conveys positive messages about the ecosystem and promotes recycling and upcycling,” Katie Lewis, marketing manager of Evergreen Packaging, said.
The Made by Milk Carton Construction Contest invites students all over the United States to create a work of art out of at least 100 milk cartons that correlates with a given theme. Each team is asked to submit pictures of the artwork they assembled as well as write a 200-word essay on what the school will use the $5,000 for if they won. If the school plans to use the prize for an environmentally friendly project, they are awarded extra points.
The contest can be won in two ways: if the team impresses the panel of judges or if the school acquires the most votes to win the “People’s Choice” category.
According to Lewis, schools are allowed to enter into the contest as many semesters as they want. Cardozo HS entered in the fall but came in third place, a result the school attributed to them finding out about the contest late. This time around, Cardozo did things differently.
“We had time to plan accordingly and involved the entire staff and student body in collecting milk cartons,” a representative from the school said.
The inspiration Cardozo had for their creation surrounding this semester’s theme, “stories,” came from a student named Troy Forbes. Forbes came up with the idea of Absolem, the caterpillar, on top of the mushroom with Alice talking to him in Wonderland. About 32 students worked on the creation.
According to the release from the school’s sustainability coordinator, Yvette Bohlman, the students have learned so much about ways to be more environmentally friendly through their creation.
“The students put so much work and ingenuity into building their milk carton creation and learned valuable eco-friendly practices, such as repurposing and recycling, that can be carried out in their everyday lives,” Bohlman said.