City Government, Community, Sustainability

Call for student artwork: City of Hayward’s annual Earth Day Poster & Writing Contest

February 8, 2022

Illustration of two hands coloring an illustration of the Earth. On a black background in white text: Hayward Celebrates Earth Day 2022 Poster & Writing Contest

The City of Hayward is now accepting environmentally themed works of art from K-12th grade students as part of its annual Earth Day Poster & Writing Contest. Interested participants can submit an original poster, poem, or essay about Earth Day for the chance to win up to $200 in gift cards.

The contest gives students an opportunity to express their views on water and energy conservation, renewable energy, active transportation, sustainable food, recycling and composting, a litter-free environment and environmental justice.

Two winners for poster entries and two winners for poem/essay entries will be selected from each grade category. The grade categories are: K to 1st grade, 2nd to 3rd grade, 4th to 5th grade, 6th to 8th grade, and 9th to 12th grade.

Entries will be judged on originality, clarity, and expression of theme. In each category, first place winners will receive a $200 gift card and second place winners will receive a $150 gift card.  Teachers of the winning students also will receive gift cards. 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.

Poster & Writing Contest submissions are due Friday, March 18.  To qualify, all entries must follow the contest rules, which can be found here on the City of Hayward.