Earth Month Highlights: 19 students win Hayward’s Poster and Writing Contest; record-breaking turnout for Earth Day litter pick-up and community fair

May 28, 2024

To celebrate Earth Month, which is April each year, the City of Hayward hosted the 41st Annual Earth Day celebration and 2024 Earth Day Poster and Writing Contest.  

The Poster and Writing Contest is open to Hayward K-12 students and provides the opportunity to express their unique perspectives on topics including environmental justice, resource conservation, and recycling. This year, we had over 480 entries of art and writing submitted by students across 42 schools. Nineteen winners were chosen by judges from the Hayward Arts Council and students and teachers were honored by the City Council during their meeting on April 16th. To see the list of winners and the winning entries, click here.

On Saturday, April 20th, the City of Hayward hosted its 41st annual Earth Day celebration at Weekes Park. With the help of the Keep Hayward Clean and Green Taskforce, we had a successful city-wide clean-up and one of our best turnouts ever with about 300 people collecting a total of 20-25 yards of trash, debris, and household items! Following the cleanup, volunteers enjoyed a free lunch from El Taquito, music from a local DJ, a raffle, and fair with 30 community groups. Attendees connected to community groups such as Ava Community Energy, the Downtown Streets Team, and Bike East Bay through sustainability-themed activities and prizes.