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March 25, 2014

MADISON - Wisconsin's teachers can help celebrate Clean Air Month this May through the Department of Natural Resources' annual Air, Air Everywhere Poetry Contest.

Teachers can submit original poems or riddles created by their students to the DNR as part of the Where's the Air? [PDF] activity in the Air, Air Everywhere Activity Guide. The guide aims to teach 3rd, fourth and fifth grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air.

As part of the activity, students complete simple sensory experiments to discover the characteristics of air and then write a poem or riddle describing air.

One winner and two runners up will be selected. The winning poems will be featured on the DNR EEK! Environmental Education for Kids website. The winner will receive an award certificate and a class set of "It all adds up to cleaner air" solar calculators. The teacher of the winning student will receive a certificate for a free Project WILD or Project WET workshop!

Requirements include:

Entries should be mailed to: Lindsay Haas, Wisconsin DNR, 141 NW Barstow Street, Rm. 180, Waukesha, WI 53188 or by email to

Entries must be received by Friday, May 16, 2014, to be eligible. Contest entries will not be returned and will become the property of the contest sponsor. Teachers of the winning students will be notified by May 30, 2014.

The complete Air, Air Everywhere guide [PDF], which includes ten activities, can be downloaded from the DNR web site. Hard copes may also be ordered by sending your name and mailing address to

For more information on this Poetry Contest, contact Lindsay Haas at 262-574-2113 or at

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lindsay Haas, 262-574-2113

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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