MARYSTOWN, N.L — Amanda Kavanagh of Little Bay likes to incorporate rhymes into her art work, which is evident from the winning design she submitted to the Town of Marystown's anti-litter poster contest.
“When I came up with the catch phrase, I just tried to use words that like clean, if you want to keep Marystown clean, so I was like what rhymes with clean…that would be mean,” she recalled. “So I said, ‘OK, I’ll try and put that in a sentence.’”
The Grade 5 student she settled on ‘Don’t be mean, keep Marystown clean’ as the slogan for her picture.
Amanda said it was pretty cool to learn that her entry had been selected as the first place entry from Sacred Heart, “because I (did) not think for a second that I would be able to see a sign in Marystown with my drawling on it.
“It’s really, really awesome to be able to have that opportunity to have it.”
Amanda enjoys spending her summer at a local swimming hole. Seeing people litter there is, “not the best sight to see.” Amanda, along with her cousin, clean up litter around the pond they swim at in Little Bay.
“You want to make sure that you have a good place to live and it (wouldn’t) be very nice just to have litter everywhere, and it’s not very clean,” she said.
Maria Smith and Lola Pittman were the runners-up in the poster contest.
Amanda, as well as Maria and Lola, will have their drawings featured on signs to be displayed throughout town.
Maria said she spent a little over an hour designing her poster that featured a smiling trash can with the words ‘Feed me, I like litter’ above it.
Maria is also excited to have her artwork turned into a sign.
“I am really happy,” she said.
Maria expressed concern about what littering could mean to people visiting the town.
“When new people come then that’s all they’ll see and they won’t think that it’s a really good town ‘cause there’s litter and no one’s helping clean it up,” she said.
Lola was surprised to learn that her piece was among those selected because of something the other entries had that hers didn’t.
“A lot of people said that you had to write a sentence, and they said you probably won’t win if you don’t,” she said.
In her picture she showed two different scenarios with someone tossing little to the ground, which was accompanied by a red ‘X’ and in the other picture the person is placing the litter in a trash can, which was given a green check mark.
Lola said one thing that bothers her is seeing people throw litter out their car windows while driving, “’cause there are animals, and it could hurt them.”
Captured the message
Coun. Mike Brennan, co-chair of the clean-up committee for the Town of Marystown, feels that the students really captured the message of the contest.
“From that they came up with some really creative and (put) ingenuity in their posters, and the colours were just phenomenal,” he said.
Brennan co-chairs the committee with Coun. Nora Tremblett.
He added that the students' work will get a great message across to the people of the town.
Winning entries into the contest will be turned into signage that will be placed in areas of town as part of the anti-littering campaign. Poster contests are also being held at the other schools in the Marystown-Burin area.
“We need to get the message out to all the region, about the littering that’s on in this area,” Brennan said. “Now we’re taking these (designs) and they’re going to full signs, and from there people will be getting the message everyday (to) keep our town clean, and keep the area clean.”
Brennan also noted the town is looking into the idea of an adopt-a-sign program where businesses could sponsor a sign.
“One of these pieces of art then from the beautiful children in our region will be on these signs promoting anti-littering,” he said.
Brennan feels the poster contest was a good avenue to get the message out to students.
“It is obvious right now that our children are very concerned about the littering in the region, we have hundreds of posters,” he said. “If we can get the message out through the eyes of our children, (then) maybe the grown-ups will take advantage, and start doing what these children are asking us to do.”