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Prizes and Judging Criteria

There are a total of 15 prizes available: 1 grand prize, 4 specialty prizes, 5 elementary prizes, and 5 middle/high school prizes.
The details are outlined below.

GRAND PRIZE

$5,000

SPECIALTY PRIZES

Carton Art
in the Garden

Best display of creative art in your garden creation.
 

$2,000
 

Environmental Stewardship
Best demonstration of sustainable practices and environmental awareness.

$2,000
 

Health and Nutrition
Best incorporation of lessons on healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors.

$2,000
 

STEM
Best use of science, technology, engineering, and math lessons in your project.
 

$2,000
 

ELEMENTARY PRIZES

5 x $1,000

MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL PRIZES

5 x $1,000

 


JUDGING CRITERIA

The following criteria will be used when judging all carton creations:

  • Best use of cartons in garden. Submitted with photos and an entry form. Judged by compliance, quality, sustainability, and creativity.
  • This contest provides the opportunity for collaboration and partnership within your school and throughout your community, and your entry will be given extra points for these efforts. Examples: Coordinating a field trip with your dairy processor, delivering educational materials from your juice processor, partnering on your project with your Food Service personnel, collaborating with local farmers, etc.

Additional criteria for the grand prize and specialty prizes:

  • In addition to the standard requirements, the grand prize and specialty prize candidates must also include a video link that tells the story of the project in its entirety from planning and the carton drive to the finished product, including:
    • The collection of cartons from various sources
    • School and community involvement
    • Sustainability emphasis
    • Goals for the project and how they were achieved
    • Challenges and how they were overcome
    • Key learnings from the project

To give you an even better idea of what the judges will be looking for in your entry, download our Judging Rubric to help guide you as you work on your project and fill out your entry form.

Fifteen entries will be selected on Monday, April 22, 2019 to receive award packages for their efforts.

PRIZE DETAILS

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • $4,500 cash prize for soil, plants, and other gardening needs
  • $500 gift certificate from the Gardener’s Supply Shop
  • Garden Essentials Package

Four specialty prize winners will receive:

  • $1,500 cash prize for soil, plants, and other gardening needs
  • $500 gift certificate from the Gardener’s Supply Shop
  • Garden Essentials Package

Need ideas for winning a specialty prize? CLICK HERE.

Ten elementary and middle/high school winners will receive:

  • $900 cash prize for soil, plants, and other gardening needs
  • $100 gift certificate from the Gardener’s Supply Shop
  • Garden Essentials Package