County of Monmouth

For Immediate Release:
November 16, 2018

Monmouth County hosts Recycling Essay Contest
All County fourth grade students invited to participate

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders invites all Monmouth County fourth grade students to participate in an essay contest and name the first-ever Monmouth County Recycling Mascot.
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"An essay contest is a great way to get children excited about learning,” said Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone, liaison to the Monmouth County Recycling Division. “Our hope is that elementary school teachers can incorporate classroom instruction or activities involving recycling to encourage and inspire these students as they brainstorm ideas for the mascot’s name and adventure.”
Letters have been sent to principals throughout Monmouth County, asking them to encourage their teachers and students to participate. The contestants are asked to not only name this character, but also write a story about one of its recycling adventures.
The first, second and third place winners will be honored at a Freeholder Meeting at the Hall of Records in Freehold. The winning essays will also be used for future coloring books featuring the mascot.
All essay submissions should be mailed by Friday, December 21 to: Recycling Essay Contest, C/O Dept. of Public Information & Tourism, Hall of Records Annex, 1 East Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728.
The winners will be selected and notified by January 31, 2019.
For more information about the essay contest, call 732-431-7310. For Monmouth County recycling information, go to
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