Nearly 300 children who attend 16 public schools in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro State celebrated Campo Limpo National Day on August 18, with support from the Port of Açu. The Environmental Education Program, developed by the National Institute for Processing Empty Containers (INPEV), is also supported by the Rural Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ). Seeking to increase students’ awareness of environmental rights and duties, the project launched the 8th edition of a competition of drawings and compositions inspired by the theme “Solid residues: shared responsibility”. Out of 96 pre-selected works by students from municipal schools in São João da Barra, Campos, São José de Ubá and São Francisco de Itabapoana, six received awards last Friday. A judging committee chose the best drawing and composition of 2017. The two front-runners live in São João da Barra. They will now move on to the national contest, which will take place in September in São Paulo.
Dia Nascional do Campo Limpo 004 8628.jpg“It is so gratifying to contribute to these children’s education. Certainly they will spread the importance of taking care of the environment. We are very proud that awarded students attend schools supported by the Port of Açu with so many educational actions. We are certain that we are investing correctly,” said Gleide Gomes, Social Responsibility coordinator of the Port of Açu.
The awards ceremony was held at INPEV’s location that collects empty containers of agricultural chemicals, in Ribeiro do Amaro, Campos. The event opened with students singing the national anthem. A theater class of José Alves Barreto municipal school, in São João da Barra, acted in a play inspired by recycling. The winning works were announced right after. The best composition was written by Mariana Rangel, a fifth grader at Manoel Alves Rangel school. “Participating in the contest was great. I like to write and was so happy when my composition got the first place,” said Mariana.
The best drawing was done by Bruna Hellen Pessanha, a fourth grader at José Alves Barreto school. “It never crossed my mind that my drawing would win. I am so happy with the result and thankful that our school participated,” said Bruna.
All participants received kits provided by the port, with backpacks and notebooks customized by Costurarte, the seamstresses association of São João da Barra.
Campo Limpo National Day, promoted by INPEV, has been part of Brazil’s National Calendar since 2008. The institute is responsible for reverse logistics of agricultural chemicals in Brazil and is a partner of the Port of Açu in actions such as this one.