Fifth grade students from three of the four Caldwell-West Caldwell public elementary schools took out their crayons, pencils and markers last month to design a new t-shirt for the West Caldwell Environmental Commission. The contest, sponsored by the Commission, asked the fifth graders to incorporate the earth, sun, wind, water, and recycling, into the design.
On winner and three runners up were selected from the more than 70 designs submitted. Emily Fusco, of , Caldwell, won the top prize, with her colorful design that showed the earth and its power sources, with the recycle symbol at the top. Other winners included Jenna Dolce and Bethany Brooks from Washington School.
The winning design was made into a t-shirt, and the winning school won a flowering dogwood to plant on the school’s property. All participating students received one of the t-shirts as a thank you.
“This was a really hard choice to make,” said West Caldwell councilman and member of the Environmental Commission Joe Cecere. “But, Emily’s design incorporated everything that we asked. We were impressed with all of the drawings submitted.”
Cecere traveled to each of the schools on Friday to thank the students, present the t-shirts to the students, and to help Lincoln School plant their new tree.