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Three students will have their artwork featured on electronic billboards in Porter County to mark America Recycles Day 2018.

Chesterton Middle School eighth-graders Allison Kobialka, of Westville, and Madelyn Russell, of Chesterton, and Nativity of Our Savior School sixth-grader Izabella Flores, of Hobart, submitted the winning creations in the second America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest, sponsored by Porter County Recycling & Waste Reduction.

The solid waste district asked Porter County middle and high school students to help it call attention to Nov. 15, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the support of recycling programs in the United States. Participating schools submitting a total of 121 entries included: Chesterton Middle School, Portage High School, Nativity of Our Savior School, St. Patrick School, Porter County Career and Tech Center, Washington Township School and Union Township Middle School.

The students’ designs will rotate electronically on four billboards in high-impact locations during November: Nov. 5-11, north side of U.S. 30 east of Joliet; Nov. 12-18, south side of U.S.30 east of Ind. 2; Nov. 19-25, north side of U.S. 30 at Hayes Leonard Road; Nov. 26 through Dec. 2, east side of Ind. 2 and one mile south of U.S. 30.

“Thank you to all students and teachers submitting artwork,” said Donna Stuckert, district public education coordinator. “We loved seeing all of their creative pieces and appreciate their help with spreading the word."

Because of the large number of entries, only the winners and 21 finalists are featured on the district’s website, www.PorterCountyRecycling.org.

“We hope the billboards will serve as a reminder to those who drive by that they can make a difference in the world simply by recycling,” said Stuckert. “So honk if you recycle!”

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