Cumberland County Improvement Authority is putting students' creativity to the test with their Trash to Treasure Challenge. Cumberland County students in Kindergarten through Eighth Grade are challenged to build items that stand the test of time using materials that would normally end up in the landfill. That means no recyclable items like paper or cardboard.

One winner from each age group will win a picnic basket filled with goodies; the contest is open to Cumberland County residents only. Here's how to enter:

  • Take a photo of all your "trash" before you start work, as well as your finished "treasure."
  • Write a paragraph (up to 50 words) about what you used for the project and how you completed it
  • Post the information on Facebook and tag @CCIANJ.
  • Email the photos, paragraph and the student's name, teacher, grade and school to trash2treasurechallenge@gmail.com by June 8.

This is truly an opportunity for students to let their ingenuity shine. Can drawers from a broken, outdated dresser take on a new life as bookshelves? Can used tires become colorful planters? What about repurposing a broken chair as a container for succulents? Or maybe a birdbath? What will really pass the test of time?

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Get started by gathering items destined for the landfill and see where your imagination takes you. We can't wait to see all the treasures our listening audience creates!