Community, Sustainability

Hayward awards 20 young creators, picks up litter in 39th annual Earth Day celebration

May 24, 2022

Pictured above is the second place winning poster of the 2022 Earth Day Poster and Writing Contest in the 2nd to 3rd grade age group, submitted by Natalie Huang.

Last month, on April 19, Mayor Barbara Halliday and the City Council kicked off Hayward’s annual Earth Day celebration by recognizing twenty local students as the winners of the 2022 Earth Day Poster & Writing Contest. The awards ceremony was followed by the Annual Cleanup Day event on Saturday, April 23, during which more than 80 volunteers picked up an estimated 160 full bags of litter from Weekes Park and surrounding neighborhoods.

The City has celebrated its Annual Cleanup Day event for 39 years. Each year, school groups, families, Council Members, and City staff gather to pick up litter from City streets and parks. In the last several years, the event has been hosted in partnership with the Keep Hayward Clean & Green Task Force, which also hosts a series of monthly cleanup events year-round.

The Poster & Writing Contest is another important part of the City’s Earth Day festivities, providing Hayward students an opportunity to express their unique perspectives on such topics as water conservation, environmental justice, energy efficiency, recycling, and composting, among others. This year, more than 450 entries were submitted by students representing 37 Hayward schools. The winning entries were selected based on originality, clarity, and creative expression of the theme. 

2022 Poster & Writing Contest Winners:

Kindergarten to 1st Grade Posters

1st Place          Eliza Lee, Stonebrae Elementary School

2nd Place         Scarlett Huang, Stratford School Fremont Osgood

2nd to 3rd Grade Posters

1st Place          Noah Jones, Lorenzo Manor Elementary School

2nd Place         Natalie Huang, Stonebrae Elementary School

4th to 5th Grade Posters

1st Place          Samue Chiu, California Crosspoint Academy

2nd Place         Amélie Itzel León Hernandez, Schafer Park Elementary School

6th to 8th Grade Posters

1st Place           Enaliah Valle, Burbank Elementary School

2nd Place          Anne Marie M. Velasco, Longwood Elementary School

9th to 12th Grade Posters

1st Place           Hannah Smith, Tennyson High School

2nd Place          Samuel Fung, California Crosspoint Academy

Kindergarten to 1st Grade Poems/Essays

1st Place           Isaac Kim, Valley View Charter Prep

2nd Place          Anabelle Sofie León Hernandez, Schafer Park Elementary School

2nd to 3rd Grade Poems/Essays

1st Place           Camila Garcia Araujo, Cherryland Elementary School

2nd Place          Rilee Anivee Josch, Stonebrae Elementary School

4th to 5th Grade Poems/Essays

1st Place           Adelyn Kim, Connecting Waters Charter School East Bay

2nd Place          Tiberius Reip, All Saints Catholic School

6th to 8th Grade Poems/Essays

1st Place           Tazkiya Khan, KEY Academy Charter School

2nd Place          Faisal Rohan, Cesar Chavez Middle School

9th to 12th Grade Poems/Essays

1st Place           Grace Lee, California Crosspoint Academy

2nd Place          Samiksha Lingan, Hayward High School

For more information about the City’s annual Earth Day celebration and events, visit