Clark 7th Grader Wins Poetry Contest

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Vicki Kerekes, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Erin Heaning (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

Vicki Kerekes, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Erin Heaning (Photo courtesy of Clark Public Schools)

CLARK — Erin Heaning, a seventh grader at Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark, won a poetry contest sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Recycling & Planning. She was honored at the 33rd Annual Recycling Symposium Awards Luncheon on Oct. 16 at Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. The students were praised for their passion, creativity, and commitment.

Over 600 poems were entered into this year’s contest. Erin’s poem was about the importance of recycling and its impact on our environment. Ms. Casale, Heaning’s teacher, said, “Erin’s poem was very well-written and clearly communicated an essential message about recycling. Our school is extremely proud of her achievement.”


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