- $7,500 environmental grant awarded to the winning student's school -
TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, TD Friends of the Environment
Foundation (TD FEF) and Earth Day Canada kick off their second annual
Art Contest. Elementary students from across Canada are invited to
submit an original drawing showcasing this year's theme, "how am I
connected to nature," for a chance to have their artwork featured on a
limited edition TD FEF reusable shopping bag. The winner will also
receive a $7,500 environmental grant for their school.
"This contest engages young people in thinking about our natural
environment in a meaningful way," said Mary Desjardins, Executive
Director, TD FEF. "Instilling a passion and appreciation for the
environment at an early age will have a positive impact on how young
Canadians relate to nature."
In addition to having their design featured on a limited edition TD FEF
reusable shopping bag, the winning student will receive a $7,500
environmental grant towards the development of an outdoor classroom or
a schoolyard naturalization project, a digital camera, and a litterless
lunchbox for each student in their class. Nine runners up will each
receive a $500 environmental grant for their school, $25 cash and a
litterless lunch box. The finalists' artwork may also be featured in
the Earth Day Canada 2013/2014 EcoKids Calendar.
"We are thrilled to be working with TD FEF to kick off the second annual
Art Contest," said Jed Goldberg, President, Earth Day Canada. "We look
forward to seeing how elementary students from across Canada express
their connection to nature."
For information and contest rules, please visit www.fef.td.com/artcontest. The deadline for entries is October 5, 2012. The top 10 finalists,
determined by a panel of judges, will be announced on November 5, 2012
and the winning artwork will be selected through online voting until
November 16, 2012 at www.fef.td.com/artcontest. The winner will be announced on November 20, 2012.
About Earth Day Canada:
Earth Day Canada (EDC), a national environmental charity founded in
1990, provides Canadians with the practical knowledge and tools they
need to lessen their impact on the environment. In 2004 it was
recognized as the top environmental education organization in North
America, for its innovative year-round programs and educational
resources, by the Washington-based North American Association for
Environmental Education, the world's largest association of
environmental educators. In 2008 it was chosen as Canada's "Outstanding
Non-profit Organization" by the Canadian Network for Environmental
Education and Communication. EDC regularly partners with thousands of
organizations in all parts of Canada. www.earthday.ca
About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:
Since 1990, TD FEF has provided more than $57 million in funding to more
than 20,000 environment projects across Canada. In 2011, TD FEF
provided more than $3.6 million in support of 1,058 projects. Thousands
of donors give to TD FEF on a monthly basis and TD Bank Group
contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers the
management costs of running TD FEF, which guarantees 100 per cent of
every dollar donated goes directly to funding environmental projects
and programs. For more information on how to donate, visit www.tdfef.com.
The word mark "Earth Day" and the Earth Day logo are registered
trademarks of Earth Day Canada (1991) Inc. and are used with the
permission of Earth Day Canada.
SOURCE: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
For further information:
For further information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Earth Day Canada
416-599-1991 x 107