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April 10, 2012

MADISON -- Wisconsin teachers can help celebrate Clean Air Month this May by leading students through an activity or activities from the Air, Air Everywhere Teacher's Activity guide, which aims to teach third, fourth and fifth grade students about air quality and the importance of clean air.

Teachers can submit the poems or riddles created by students as part of the Department of Natural Resources "Where's the Air?" activities guide. DNR education staff will select one winner and two runners up that will be featured on the Wisconsin 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 Learning Tree, Project WILD, or Project WET workshop!

Contest requirements

The contest is open to Wisconsin's third, fourth, or fifth grade students only. Teachers can submit up to three entries per class. Any form of original poetry is acceptable. Entry must be 100 words or less and describe air and/or the importance of clean air. The writing must be the original work of the student.

Each entry must include the name of the author, their teacher, the teacher's email and phone number and the school address on the back. Entries must be received by Friday, May 18, 2012 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 June 1st, 2012. Mail entries to: Lindsay Haas, Wisconsin DNR, 141 NW Barstow Street, Rm. 180, Waukesha, WI 53188 o e mail to:

As part of the Where's the Air? (PDF) activity, students will complete simple sensory experiments to discover the characteristics of air and then write a poem or riddle describing air.

To find the complete Air, Air Everywhere guide go to the DNR website and search for "Air Everywhere." Hard copes may also be ordered by sending your name and mailing address to

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lindsay Haas, DNR air education - 262-574-2113 or Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson - 608-267-2773

Last Revised: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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