RethinkWaste Announces 2023 Trash to Art Winners!

RethinkWaste is excited to announce the winners of its eleventh annual “Trash to Art” Contest, which was open to all 3rd through 5th grade students in the RethinkWaste service area. The contest challenged students to build a piece of art from normally discarded materials collected at home, school, and around the community. We encouraged all students and classes to think of creative, new ways to reduce and reuse our waste!

We received 29 total submissions from student artists and class groups. Their original creations included many colorful constructions and incredibly detailed models that look like they belong in a museum! This year, we selected first and second place winners for each grade level and first and second place for class groups. All winners will be recognized at our Earth Day event at the Shoreway Environmental Center on Saturday, April 29th around noon.

The winners and their respective cities and schools are listed below:

First Place – 3rd Grade
Kailey G., Homeschooled, Redwood City for “The Forgotten Truth”

Second Place – 3rd Grade
Natalie O., White Oaks Elementary, San Carlos for “Mr. Snake”

First Place – 4th Grade
Isabel Y., Belmont Oaks Academy, Belmont for “Merry-Go-Round”

Second Place – 4th Grade
Parthi P., Nesbit Elementary, Belmont for “Magical Night”

First place – 5th Grade
Peyton G., Mariposa Upper Elementary, San Carlos for “Classical Waste”

Second place – 5th Grade
Justin T., Arroyo Elementary, San Carlos for “RethinkWaste and Save the Ocean”

First Place – Class
Ms. Arai’s 3rd grade class, White Oaks Elementary, San Carlos for “Trashasaurus”

Second Place – Class
Ms. Nguyen’s 5th grade class, Mariposa Upper Elementary, San Carlos for “Food Butterfly”

Honorable Mention – Class
Ms. Martin’s 3rd grade class, White Oaks Elementary, San Carlos for “It’s a Small School, After All”

In addition to being acknowledged during RethinkWaste’s Earth Day Event, the winning students and classes will receive special recognition at upcoming City Council meetings in their respective cities.

Finally, as a reward for their creative efforts, winners will receive fun prizes for themselves or their class groups.