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A student from Taylor County Elementary School has won a first place prize in this year's Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Adopt-a-Highway poster contest.
In the age 6 to 8 category, Arabella Grace Long took home first place winnings.
"The purpose of the contest is to increase environmental awareness among children," said Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock. "We hope to educate our young people about the damaging effects of litter, and to change attitudes and behaviors about littering."
Awards were presented at a luncheon ceremony recently at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.
First-place winners in each of four categories received a $100 gift card, while second- and third-place winners each received a $50 gift card. All the winners received framed prints of their posters. Also, calendars featuring the winners' posters will be provided to all the winners and their classrooms.
The Transportation Cabinet received 1,520 poster contest entries from students throughout the Commonwealth.
The cabinet will begin accepting entries for next year's contest on March 1. Entries will close Sept. 30.