Fall 2012 Made By Milk Contest Winners Announced

Posted 01/07/2013

Evergreen Packaging announces the winners of their fall 2012 Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest. Mustang Elementary, in Mustang, Oklahoma won the grand prize for their 375-square-foot milk carton coral creation. The winning concept, displayed in the school’s cafeteria, replicates a colorful underwater coral reef. The creative design was made from a total of 6,482 empty school milk cartons collected by students, faculty and staff. The school will receive $5,000 for their winning design.

“Made By Milk was definitely one of the most exciting school activities we have ever introduced to our students,” said Kent Hathaway, art teacher at Mustang Elementary. “It was a project that generated excitement throughout the entire school. Not only was it fun, but it gave us a platform to teach the importance of recycling, and the nutritional value associated with drinking milk.”

The Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest, which launched in August 2012, promotes carton recycling and milk consumption among school-aged children. Schools from across the U.S. competed for a chance to win up to $5,000 by having classroom teams design and construct habitats made from empty school milk cartons. Each team also had to write a short essay on how their school would use the prize money to be more eco-friendly. To lower their carbon footprint, Hathaway and students at Mustang Elementary will use their award money to purchase forty LCD writing tablets with accessories.

“The Made by Milk program teaches a valuable, hands-on lesson in recycling,” said Katie Lewis, Associate Marketing Manager for Evergreen Packaging. “And, with so many other beverage choices available in school cafeterias, this program gives children a fun, educational reason to choose milk.”

The Made by Milk program is part of Evergreen Packaging’s ongoing effort to raise awareness among consumers on the eco-friendly benefits of paper cartons. Cartons are an eco-friendly packaging choice because more than 70% of milk carton packaging is paper, made from trees, a renewable resource. Currently, more than 48 million households in the United States have access to recycling programs that accept paper milk cartons.

Prizes were awarded in several categories:

People’s Choice Winner:

  • Franklin County Career & Technical Center’s Beaver Dam (Frankfort, KY)

Elementary School Winners:

  • Bessie Weller Elementary’s Australian Gum Tree (Staunton, VA)
  • Cuba Elementary’s Crazy Cardinal Creation (Cuba, IL)
  • Mustang Centennial Elementary’s Great Kapok Tree (Mustang, OK)

Middle School Winners:

  • Ridgewood Middle’s Attack of the Penguins (Arnold, MO)
  • Dennis Township Middle’s Cascading Herb/Worm Garden (Dennisville, NJ)
  • Mechanicville Middle’s Falling Milk (Mechanicville, NY)

High School Winners:

  • Norwin High’s A Panda’s Perfect Paradise (North Huntingdon, PA)
  • Post Falls High’s Flamingo Habitat (Post Falls, ID)
  • Hillsboro-Deering High’s Homogenized Horned Owl Habitat (Hillsboro, NH)

“The Made By Milk Carton Construction Contest will resume in Spring 2013 with a new theme. Visit www.madebymilkcontest.com for official rules and contest details.