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Evergreen Packaging® and KidsGardening.org Name Winners of Carton 2 Garden™ Contest

Contest Highlights STEM, Sustainability, and Community Involvement; Prizes Valued at $22,500

Memphis, TN (May 13, 2016) —

Evergreen Packaging, a leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, today announced the winners of the second annual Carton 2 Garden™ contest. The competition gives students across the country a hands-on experience in repurposing empty milk and juice cartons to build or enhance their school gardens.  Along with teaching students about healthy eating and the eco-friendly benefits of cartons, this project promotes life skills such as creativity, leadership, and teamwork. This year’s Carton 2 Garden winner categories include a $5,000 grand prize, three $2,500specialty prizes, and ten $1,000 grade level prizes. The three specialty prize winners are awarded for their efforts in the following areas: STEM, the best use of science, technology, engineering, and math lessons in their project; Sustainability, the best demonstration of sustainable practices in their garden creation; and Community Involvement, the best engagement of groups outside the school.  Overall, the contest awarded prizes valued at $22,500 to 14 winning schools around the country.

The grand prize and specialty prize winners of the contest are as follows:

  • Grand Prize Winner – Champion Theme Middle School (Stone Mountain, Georgia) – The grand prize entry was comprised of multiple mini projects designed to educate students on environmental stewardship. The whole school – students, teachers, custodians, and cafeteria staff – plus community members and families came together to make a difference not only in the school garden but also at the community food pantry garden where the students donated cartons with seeds and created bird feeders.
  • STEM Winner- Kumeyaay Elementary School (San Diego, California) – Students were inspired by California’s ongoing drought conditions to learn how they could grow organic food using as little water as possible. This impressive garden was comprised of multiple sections spread across the campus, including a reading garden, native habitat, relaxation labyrinth, ceremonial rock garden, flower areas, and vegetable beds in which the students raise produce for their cafeteria salad bar. Students learned about photosynthesis, engineering and construction, and budgeting, among other topics, throughout the project.
  • Sustainability Winner – Davis Bilingual Magnet School (Tucson, Arizona) – Students repurposed hundreds of milk cartons to create a greenhouse designed to help them gain a better understanding of their desert environment. They used their imaginations and creativity to explore ways that recycled materials could be used to create art. And when repurposing cartons, all scraps were utilized emphasizing the importance of not wasting anything.
  • Community Involvement Winner – Tamaques Elementary School (Westfield, New Jersey) – This entry grew out of the students’ desire to spread hope and kindness. Students were inspired to create a butterfly garden after learning that butterflies are often used as a symbol to honor children lost in the Holocaust. They researched the flowers and herbs needed to host butterflies and planted them in milk cartons decorated with kind words. The students were further inspired by a visit from a Holocaust survivor who shared her story of hope and kindness.

“This year’s Carton 2 Garden™ Contest offered thousands of students across the country an opportunity to have a hands-on learning experience while developing key insights into their impact on the environment,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager for Evergreen Packaging. “It was incredibly rewarding to see these students learn throughout the process of building their carton gardens – embracing recycling, healthy eating and community involvement as they created their entries.”

Nearly 130 schools across the country submitted entries to be judged on specific criteria, such as adherence to contest rules, creativity, use of sustainable materials and visual representation. Classroom groups were required to collect at least 100 cartons of any size, including cartons from the school cafeteria or from home. Materials other than cartons were allowed in the creations, but renewable, natural materials were strongly suggested. All entries were judged by a panel consisting of representatives from KidsGardening.org.

“We love working with Evergreen Packaging on the Carton 2 Garden™ Contest because it’s about unleashing kids creativity to be actively involved in learning about science, math, community, gardening and themselves,” said Amanda Slater, interim executive director of KidsGardening.org. “It’s always so difficult to choose a winner as all of the projects are successful, and we salute all of the participants who worked so hard on their creations.”

Ten additional schools were recognized for their carton garden creations, including:

Elementary School Winners (K-5)

  • Chalker Elementary School, Kennesaw, Georgia – “10-Frame Daisies”
  • National Teachers Academy, Chicago, Illinois – “Our Pollinator Problem”
  • PS 32, Brooklyn, New York – “HALO: Helping and Learning Outside”
  • Round Hill Elementary School, Round Hill, Virginia – “Carton Crib and Compost Bin – Home of the Round Hill Wigglers Worm Farm”
  • Wylandville Elementary School, Eighty Four, Pennsylvania – “Carton Kingdom”

Middle/High School Winners (6-12)

  • Crockett Middle School, Hamilton, New Jersey – “Crockett Cruiser”
  • Miriam School, St. Louis, Missouri – “O.C.C.U.I.S. Irrigation System”
  • Montana School for the Deaf and Blind, Great Falls, Montana – “Thyme to Harvest”
  • New Voices Middle School, Brooklyn, New York – “New Voices Green Team”
  • West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield, Michigan – “Garden of Hope”

The next Carton 2 Garden contest will take place in spring 2017. For more information on the contest, and to see other ways Evergreen Packaging is promoting eco-friendly habits to school-age children, visit www.carton2garden.com.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.


EVERGREEN PACKAGING® LAUNCHES NATIONAL GARDENING CONTEST; PROMOTES SUSTAINABILITY, CREATIVITY IN SCHOOLS WITH 2016 AWARDS TOTALING MORE THAN $25,000
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Carton 2 Garden™ Program teaches valuable STEM-based lessons and helps to grow school garden programs

Memphis, TN (Nov. 4, 2015) —

Today Evergreen Packaging, with support from KidsGardening.org, announces the launch of the second annual Carton 2 Garden contest, a nation-wide competition inviting K-12 students to repurpose milk and juice cartons to build creative gardens or enhance their schools’ existing garden. The Carton 2 Garden Program promotes hands-on teaching, with opportunities for building important problem solving and life skills, and awards more than $25,000 in prizes to schools across the country. This initiative underscores Evergreen Packaging’s on-going commitment to raise awareness about the importance of eco-friendly packaging.

“After a successful inaugural year, the Carton 2 Garden Program is back to serve as an important resource, facilitating hands-on learning about gardening, creativity, sustainability and healthy living in classrooms across the country,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager at Evergreen Packaging. “Last year we were very pleased to see how schools used the contest to achieve important educational and life skill goals: promoting STEM-based learning, community involvement and sustainable living practices. This year we’ve honed the program to better support schools working to excel in these key areas. We’re excited to see what these creative teachers and students will achieve.”

Carton 2 Garden Program participating teachers like Mike Soskil from spring 2015 national winner Wallenpaupack Elementary was impressed with the merits of the contest, saying, “Learning about gardening, recycling and sustainability – what the students have been working on through Carton 2 Garden – allows these children to build the skills they need to solve the world’s problems in the future.”

The contest promotes good nutritional habits among school children, while also emphasizing the importance of sustainable packaging – last year’s contestants reused more than 50,000 cartons in their entries. Visit www.carton2garden.com for additional details and official contest rules. A list of last year’s winners can be found here, and past participants’ experiences are highlighted in a new, shareable video.

“In the inaugural year of the Carton 2 Garden Contest, students and educators really got engaged with the benefits of utilizing cartons in school gardens,” said Jennifer Tedeschi, executive director at KidsGardening.org. “We’re looking forward to building onto the fantastic success of year one. With the added specialty areas of STEM, sustainability and community involvement, we know year two will bring even more creative projects.”

Schools from across the United States can compete to win prize packages, valued up to $5,000, by repurposing empty milk and juice cartons in their school gardens, which will be judged based on creativity and sustainability. One grand prize winner ($5,000); three specialty prize winners ($2,500), one each for STEM learning, Community Involvement and Sustainable Practices; five elementary school winners ($1,000) and five middle or high school winners ($1,000) will be chosen. National Gardening Association gift cards will also be awarded to the first 100 schools to enter. The deadline for submissions is April 13, 2016.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.


EVERGREEN PACKAGING® AND KIDSGARDENING.ORG NAME WINNERS OF CARTON 2 GARDENTM CONTEST

Four schools nationwide will receive $2,500 for their carton garden creations

Memphis TN (May 22, 2015) —

Evergreen Packaging, a leader in beverage paperboard carton manufacturing, today announced the winners of its inaugural Carton 2 Garden™ contest. Carton 2 Garden is a nationwide competition that gives students hands-on experience in repurposing empty milk or juice cartons to build or enhance their school gardens. Classroom groups were required to collect at least 100 cartons of any size, including cartons from the school cafeteria or from home. Materials other than cartons were allowed in the creations, but renewable, natural materials were strongly suggested. Teams also had to submit up to 10 photos of their creation process.The national winners of the contest are as follows:

  • Cordova Middle School (Memphis, Tennessee) – Students built a replica of a paddleboat on the Mississippi River and learned about preventing pollution throughout the process.
  • College Career & Technology Academy (Pharr, Texas) – Housed in a former Walmart store, these students had to build their garden indoors, which presented a unique set of challenges such as creating a sustainable garden with minimum landscaping capabilities.
  • Wallenpaupack South Elementary School (Newfoundland, Pennsylvania) – To build their garden and learn more about sustainable gardening practices, students organized a Skype session with growers in Kenya who provided insight on farming and gardening methods. They also donated their tomato plants to a local church food pantry.
  • Vanderlyn Elementary School (Dunwoody, Georgia) – The contest inspired students to partner with a local nature center dedicated to saving Monarch butterflies to build a pollinator garden illustrating the life cycle of a butterfly.

“Encouraging students to learn more about eco-friendly practices is one of the reasons we are committed to programs such as Carton 2 Garden,” said Katie Simmons, marketing manager for Evergreen Packaging. “Each entry highlights connections between sustainability and recycling, and it was amazing to see the different approaches applied by each school team. Not only did the contest provide important teachable moments, it also inspired students to find new uses for everyday objects.”Nearly 150 schools across the country submitted entries to be judged on specific criteria, such as adherence to contest rules, creativity, use of sustainable materials and visual representation. Schools were also encouraged to include a video or slideshow depicting their creation process from beginning to end. These videos were used to qualify entries to win national prizes. All entries were judged by a panel consisting of representatives from KidsGardening.org.

“Carton 2 Garden was created to provide an incentive for children to learn valuable lessons about recycling and reusing everyday products,” said Jennifer Tedeschi, Chief Operating Officer at KidsGardening.org. “Seeing their enthusiasm and the benefits of school gardens in action really reinforces this contest as an important educational tool.”

Sixteen additional schools were recognized at the regional level for their carton garden creations, including:

Elementary School Winners (K-5)

  • Madison Elementary, Mesa, Arizona – “The ‘Green’ Tractor”
  • Windermere Elementary School, Windermere, Florida – “Keep on Track, Grow and Thrive”
  • Mustang Creek Elementary School, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – “Hobbiton Garden”
  • Pi Academy, Erie, Pennsylvania – “Milk Carton Rain Barrel”
  • Jackson STEM Dual Language Magnet Academy, Altadena, California – “Bee Sustainable”
  • Osborne Elementary School, Sewickley, Pennsylvania – “Milk Carton Bird Bath”
  • Idlewild Elementary School, Memphis, Tennessee – “Walking in ‘Moo’mphis”
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Madison, Wisconsin – “Lincoln’s Buzz Inn”

Middle/High School Winners (6-12)

  • Noxon Public School, Noxon, Montana – “Well and Healthy”
  • Trafalgar Middle School, Cape Coral, Florida – “Trafalgar Middle Garden Club”
  • Timber Academy High School, College Station, Texas – “Garden of Milk and Honey”
  • Humboldt High School, St. Paul, Minnesota – “Mid Evil Explosion”
  • Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School, Long Beach, California – “Windmill Tower”
  • Crockett Middle School, Hamilton, New Jersey – “USS Crockett”
  • Avon Lenox School, Memphis, Tennessee – “Shout Out Memphis – Gardening with a Purpose”
  • Riverside Middle School, Watertown, Wisconsin – “RMS Vertical Gardens”

The next Carton 2 Garden contest will take place in spring 2016. For more information on the contest, and to see other ways Evergreen Packaging is promoting eco-friendly habits to school-age children, visit www.carton2garden.com.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.


EVERGREEN PACKAGING® TEAMS UP WITH KIDSGARDENING.ORG TO LAUNCH NATIONAL SCHOOL GARDENING COMPETITION

Students repurpose cartons in their gardens while learning a valuable lesson in sustainability

Memphis, TN (Oct. 24, 2014) —

Today Evergreen Packaging, with support from KidsGardening.org, announces the launch of Carton 2 Garden, a nation-wide competition that gives students a hands-on experience in repurposing empty cartons to build or enhance their school garden. “Partnering with KidsGardening.org as our gardening expert allows us to encourage students to learn about gardens as a means to promote healthy diets, while also teaching them the importance of eco-friendly packaging,” said Katie Lewis, marketing manager at Evergreen Packaging. “Students can use recycled cartons from home and school, which also reinforces eco-friendly practices.”

Schools from across the United States can compete to win prize packages, valued up to $2,500, by repurposing their empty milk and juice cartons in their school gardens, which will be judged based on creativity and sustainability. Four national winners and 16 regional winners will be chosen. The deadline for submissions is April 22, 2015. The contest promotes good nutritional habits among school children while also emphasizing the positive environmental impact of sustainable packaging. Visit www.carton2garden.com for additional details and official contest rules.

“Incorporating milk cartons into school gardens not only equips students with an economical and easy-to-come by resource for improving their gardens, but also gives them a valuable lesson in reusing and recycling.” said Jennifer Tedeschi, Chief Operations Officer at KidsGardening.org. “The partnership with Evergreen Packaging was a natural fit, and we look forward to seeing how students creatively use cartons in their garden projects.”

This initiative underscores Evergreen Packaging’s on-going commitment to raise awareness about the importance of eco-friendly packaging. More than 70 percent of every carton is made from paper, which comes from a renewable resource—trees. Additionally, cartons protect the product inside from UV rays to help keep contents fresh, and are recyclable for more than 50 percent of households across the country, where facilities exist.

About Evergreen Packaging®

Evergreen Packaging is a global leader in creating fiber-based packaging solutions customized to deliver product freshness and brand distinction. Evergreen Packaging is a vertically integrated packaging company, delivering total solutions of barrier paperboard, technical expertise, equipment and service. Evergreen Packaging cartons have the eco-friendly attributes consumers want: more than 70 percent of the carton is made from paper derived from a renewable resource: trees. Cartons are also recyclable for an increasing number of households. In addition, our cartons are made with renewable energy – over 50% of the energy used to make the paper in our cartons comes from biomass.

About KidsGardening.org

KidsGardening.org is a resource of the National Gardening Association, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in Williston, VT. Their mission is to empower every generation to lead healthier lives, build stronger communities, and encourage environmental stewardship through educational gardening programs. Beginning with 50 youth garden grants in 1982, KidsGardening.org has delivered over 10,000 grants and awards, benefiting an estimated 2 million youth gardeners. To learn more and support their efforts visit www.KidsGardening.org.