Last week staff at the Shedd Aquarium hung 90 unique holiday wreaths around the Caribbean Reef exhibit. Every year the Shedd’s Auxilliary Board hosts the challenge that provides Chicago-area teachers an opportunity to combine environmental education into their classroom’s holiday celebrations. Once the children learn what it means to reduce, reuse and recycle, students in kindergarten through high school accept the challenge to create an original holiday inspired wreath made solely from recycled materials.
This year’s Wreath-Cycled Classroom Challenge was themed “Water Wellness”. Schools took wreaths adorned with plastic bottles, to-go cup lids, single-use utensils, aluminum cans, milk containers and more submitted with a short essay prompting every one to protect waterways, conserve resources, and responsibly enjoy the environment.
The Shedd is calling on the public to view the 90 + wreaths and vote either on-site via paper ballot or online via the Facebook Page Voting.
Two “Fan Favorite” categories along with three other categories will have winners selected: Overall Winners, Most Creative and Best Educational Message. Each winner selected will receive a sponsored trip to the Shedd Aquarium. So Vote now through Sunday, December 11th!
Learn more by visiting the Shedd Aquarium website, follow them on twitter @shedd_aquarium, instagram @shedd_aquarium or Facebook sheddaquarium.
image courtesy of The Chicago Moms.