Alexandria, Va. -- The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI)'s research and Education Foundation and Scholastic announced the winners of Turf-Mutt's national "Be a Backyard Superhero" contest. Each of the grand prize winners received a
$5,000 grant to improve the yards and green spaces at their respective schools.
The contest is part of the TurfMutt environmental stewardship and education program where TurfMutt and his friends, the Outdoor Powers, inspire the lesson plans to teach environmental and science lessons.
To enter, students had to submit an essay showing how they will help TurfMutt combat cartoon-based "environmental villain" characters. They also had to create an original picture using the character cutouts from the Turf-Mutt activities.
The winners are:
- K-2 grand prize winner -- Jordan Evans (Samuel Beck Elementary School in Trophy Club, Texas).
- Grades 3-5 grand prize winner -- Liam Ellis (Aquinas Acade-my of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).
- 100 runners up each received a book from Scholastic.