Thursday, September 24, 2009

America Recycles Day November 15, 2009

November 15, 2009

America Recycles Day Poster and Essay Contest

About the Contest

In recognition of America Recycles Day on November 15, the Chelmsford Recycling Committee wants to get students thinking about key environmental issues, the ways ordinary people can have a positive impact on the environment, and messages today’s young people would like their leaders to hear about environmental protection.

Poster Contest: Grades K, 1-2, 3-4. Create a poster that encourages people to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Guidelines for Posters
(Grades k through 3)

The posters should be between 8-1/2” x 11” and 11” x 20” in size. Include your name, school and grade. Posters will be judged on how compelling and creative they are.

Essay Contest: Grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. If you could be on TV for up to three minutes to convey a message about waste and Environmental Protection, what would you say.

Guidelines for Essays
(Grades 4 through 12)

While we refer to these submissions as “essays,” students are encouraged to be creative. Submissions may be in the form of a standard essay, a letter, a skit or short play, a poem or any written format the student thinks is most appropriate for the message. Please stay within the following limits:

Up to 250 words or fewer for grade 4-5
Up to 500 words or fewer for grades 6-8
Up to 750 words or fewer for grades 9-12

Eligibility and Submission Information

All students residing in Chelmsford and/or attending school in Chelmsford (public, private, homeschooled) are eligible. Essays and posters must be done by an individual student and may be submitted by that student or by a teacher, parent, guardian or group leader. Only one submission per student, please. Multiple entries from one class or school may be submitted simultaneously. Deliver posters to the Office of Recycling/Solid Waste, Chelmsford Town Offices, 50 Billerica Road, Chelmsford, MA 01824, or e-mail to

Entries should include: Student’s name, age grade, address, phone#, email if available. School name, troop# and adult contact information is required for group entries. All decisions of the judges are final.

Contest Dates

All essays and posters must be received by noon on October 30, 2009. Winners will be informed by November 10, 2009. Prizes will be awarded in November 2009. Submissions will be judged on how clear, concise, compelling they are, as well as on grammar and originality. Visit www.Chelmsford

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's Spooky Story Time, It's Spooky Story Time....

It's my favorite time of the year, the sun is shinning the breeze is blowing and spooky story season is just around the corner. I was wondering what on earth I was going to do with myself with the Library Budget cuts. The MacKay Library is down to two days. I haven't lost any time but they have me working Wednesday night and a every other Saturday at the Main Library, leaving me lots of time to do other things. The good news is I am still hosting the Spooky Story Contest. Click on the link below to find out more. I will also be telling spooky stories in Chelmsford, and Acton areas. Let me know if you are in need of a Spooky Story or two. Listen to Old Dry Fry, Black Gum, It Was a Dark and Stormy Night and many more.

The MacKay Spooky Story Contest was a big success! I had 117 children and youth write stories this year. Great job everyone! A special thanks goes out to The Chelmsford Friends of the Library and Sully's Ice Cream for sponsoring this event!