Education Overview


Use your writing skills to win tuition money, showcase your creativity in our annual art contest and download our new educational curriculum! Learn more about how to get involved and make an impact.

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Educational Materials

Now educators from across the state can access educational materials that help bring awareness about anti-litter into their classrooms.  Don’t mess with Texas has partnered with Texas educators to create lesson plans and corresponding collateral materials for Pre-K, Elementary, Middle and High School grade levels.  Click here to see the materials.

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Campus Cleanup

Attention high school, college, and university students: It’s time to clean up the grounds. We’ll show you how.


2023 Scholarship

The Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship Contest is now accepting applications for the 2023 school year. Any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university in Fall 2023 semester is eligible to apply. To apply for the Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship, visit Applications must be received via online submission by 5 p.m. (CST) March 31, 2023.

Can you keep Texas clean? Play Darrel's Litter Catch Game

Darrel the Barrel Litter Catch Game

Oh No! Litter is flying everywhere! Can you help Darrel pick up the trash and keep Texas clean? Drag Darrel across the screen and help him catch the trash before it goes on the ground and becomes litter. The more trash you get, the more points you get. Once you’re done, share your score with your friends and see if they can beat you.

Enter The "Don't mess with Texas" Mural Contest

Mural Contest

Don’t mess with Texas is committed to keeping Texas litter-free and spreading the message across the state. We are excited to continue to bring murals to local Texas communities. Take a look here to see where you can find a Don’t mess with Texas mural near you!

Darrel the Barrel sees Texas - Activity Book

Activity Books

Looking for a way to entertain your kids or students that doesn’t involve a tablet or the internet? We’ve got you covered! Our activity books are filled with fun puzzles, word searches and coloring pages that teach kids about keeping their state clean. Click here learn how to order a free box for your classroom or head to the Free Stuff page to download a free copy.