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Education Overview

Don’t mess with Texas offers a range of fun activities to inspire students to help keep their communities litter-free.

Roll up your sleeves for the Campus Cleanup, use your writing skills to win tuition money, and showcase your creativity in our annual art contest! Learn more about how to get involved and make an impact.


Scholarship Contest

The Don't mess with Texas® Scholarship recognizes the achievements of Texas high school seniors who take a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities. Any Texas high school senior planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university next year may apply. Student essays should describe creative and sustainable solutions to prevent litter and build awareness of the Don't mess with Texas® initiative.

Art Contest

Art Contest

Texas students in kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to submit their best litter prevention-inspired artwork to be considered for the 2019 Don’t mess with Texas® Calendar. Students with the top 13 designs will have their work featured in the calendar. One winner will be selected from each grade.

Litter Force

Litter Force

Join Ultra, Hawk, Bolt, and K-900, our trash-blasting team, to help clean up litter in our communities. LitterForce is the Don't mess with Texas® educational program for elementary-age students that teaches them how to help keep roadways clear of litter.