Ready the crayons, color pencils and markers, because today is the first day of the Take Care of Texas Kids’ Art Contest.

The contest encourages children to learn how they can help protect the state’s environment and to share that knowledge with others. Prizes for the winning entries – tablets or laptops – are made possible by contest sponsor Texas Chemical Council.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality staff will select one winning entry per level, from kindergarten through fifth grade. From the six statewide winning entries, the overall grand prize winner will be selected by TCEQ commissioners and executive office, as well as representatives from the Texas Chemical Council. One grand prize winner will receive a laptop, and one winner from each other grade level will receive a tablet.

Each student must submit artwork demonstrating ways to keep the state’s water and air clean, save water or energy, or reduce waste by March 4. Each entry must contain the slogan “Take Care of Texas. It’s the only one we’ve got.”

Entries can be submitted electronically via the Take Care of Texas website. Students, parents or teachers can scan the physical entry or take a quality photo and upload the file. Digital entries must abide by the contest rules and must be accompanied by a digital entry form. Entries will still be accepted via mail. Winners will be announced April 15.

Artwork and entry forms can be mailed to: Take Care of Texas: Kids Art Contest, MC 118; Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; P.O. Box 13087; Austin, TX 78711-3087.

For more information and official rules, visit the Take Care of Texas website or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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