East Feliciana Parish public and private school second-graders from Clinton, Jackson, Silliman and Slaughter elementary schools were invited to help the Keep East Feliciana Beautiful organization, an affiliate of Keep Louisiana Beautiful, fight litter by participating in its 2015 Color the Litter Bug contest.

Through the contest, students learned about the harmful effects of litter in their communities and on the planet, became active in litter awareness and prevention, and colored a litter bug with the message — help keep East Feliciana beautiful, a news release said.

“Litter is a problem in our parish, and we know that we need to educate young people so that they can encourage their siblings and parents to help combat litter,” said KEFB member Beth Dawson.

In addition to teaching kids about how litter hurts them, their communities and their environment, the contest gives students an opportunity to use their creative skills, Dawson says.

KEFB hopes to make the contest an annual one, she said.

The KEFB Litter Bug, portrayed by volunteer Ardie Sanders, traveled to the four elementary schools in the parish on May 13, presenting awards to the four winners. Students received Keep East Feliciana Beautiful T-shirts, ink pens and $10 gift certificates to a restaurant.

Litter Bug contest winners included Andrea Mack, Clinton Elementary; Jenesis Garcia, Jackson Elementary; Alicia Raiford, Silliman; and D.J. Hebert, Slaughter Elementary.