Community, Library, Sustainability

Annual Earth Day poster and writing contest for students

February 11, 2020

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The City of Hayward is now accepting entries for its annual Earth Day Poster and Writing Contest, which invites Hayward students to create a poster or write a poem or essay about Earth Day.

The contest provides K-12th grade students an opportunity to draw, paint, or write about their thoughts and perspectives on water and energy conservation, renewable energy, environmentally friendly modes of transportation and getting around, sustainable food, recycling and composting, and a litter-free environment.

Two winners for poster entries and two winners for poem/essay entries will be selected from each school category.  The grade categories are K-1st Grade, 2nd-3rd Grade, 4th-5th Grade, 6th-7th Grade, 9th-12th Grade.  Entries will be judged by the Hayward Arts Council on originality, clarity and expression of theme.

In each category, first-place winners will receive a $200 gift certificate and second-place winners will receive a $150 gift certificate.  Teachers of winning students also will receive gift certificates.  Students who submit winning entries will be invited to attend a City Council meeting in April to receive their prize and a certificate of achievement from Mayor Barbara Halliday.

Submissions are due March 13, 2020.  For rules and eligibility guidelines, visit  For information about ways the City of Hayward celebrates Earth Day, visit