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Local students get creative with Clean Air Day ideas

 Clean Air Day poster overall winner Daylath Mendis, a Grade 6 student at Casorso Elementary (second from left) with Kelowna Cycle’s Tannille Stickley, regional air quality coordinator Kate Bergen and Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.  - Contributed
Clean Air Day poster overall winner Daylath Mendis, a Grade 6 student at Casorso Elementary (second from left) with Kelowna Cycle’s Tannille Stickley, regional air quality coordinator Kate Bergen and Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.
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Nearly 200 students from 10 local schools created imaginative, colourful posters to show what their streets would look like without cars.

The Clean Air Day poster contest is one way the City of Kelowna raises awareness of harmful vehicle emissions among young people and their parents.

This year’s theme for the contest was: My Street, Car Free.

“Students responded with amazing pictures that showed how important biking, walking and just generally being active is to them,” said Kate Bergen, regional air quality coordinator.

Daylath Mendis, a Grade 6 student at Casorso Elementary, was the overall winner of the poster contest.

Casorso Elementary had the greatest number of posters in the contest.

Daylath won a new bicycle donated by Kelowna Cycle and her drawing will be made into a poster that will be distributed to all schools in the district to promote Clean Air Day on June 8.

On Clean Air Day, the City of Kelowna will celebrate by offering free transit all day for anyone who says: “It’s Clean Air Day.”

Free breakfast and snacks will also be available in the morning at Queensway and Orchard Park bus stations.

The other Clean Air Day poster contest winners were: K-Grade 3, Anna Baerg, Casorso Elementary; and Grade 7-9  Vanessa Van Brummelen, Grade 8, OKM Secondary

Grade K-3 honourable mention: Olivia Harms, Grade 1, North Glenmore Elementary.

Grade 4-6 honourable mention: Brina Groth, Grade 4, Peter Greer Elementary

Grade 7-9 honorable mention: Meaghan Matichuk, KLO Middle School.

 

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