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Keep Texas Beautiful and Don’t mess with Texas® Put Students’ Artistic Talent to the Test

February 04, 2015

AUSTIN — Keep Texas Beautiful and Don’t mess with Texas are encouraging elementary school students from every corner of Texas to break out their crayons and paintbrushes in a crusade to keep Texas roadways clean and litter-free.

The Don’t mess with Texas Elementary School Art Contest, sponsored by H-E-B and Central Market, are looking for the next winning artwork for the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas calendar. Students must submit their artwork no later than April 18, 2015. In addition to helping keep Texas clean, contest-winning elementary school students and their teachers can win prizes and statewide recognition. The contest is open to all Texas students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade, and students can submit artwork that promotes Don’t mess with Texas and/or Keep Texas Beautiful in order to encourage the protection of our Texas roadways and environment. The purpose of the contest is to encourage future leaders not to litter and to keep Texas beautiful.

Students who create the top 13 winning designs will have their artwork featured in the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar. Each winner will win an iDeaUSA 8 tablet donated by H-E-B and Central Market. One student ’s artwork, chosen from the 13 winning designs, will be featured on the calendar cover.

Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100 H-E-B and Central Market gift card.

“Our children can remind us all about the importance of keeping our state free from unsightly litter,” said Cathie Gail, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “Litter habits start early. This contest is a way of teaching our youngest Texans that litter belongs in a trash can while also encouraging them to use their imaginations and their artistic talent.”

All student winners will be showcased on the Don’t mess with Texas and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and at the 2015 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference.

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Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization and affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texans has the opportunity to take individual responsibility for making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information about KTB, visit, follow us on Twitter at @keeptxbeautiful and like us on Facebook at @keeptxbeautiful.

Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at Fan us on Facebook,; and follow us on Twitter, Don’t mess with Texas® is a registered trademark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation. For more information visit

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