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Education Programs & Art Contest

Elementary "QUEST FOR LESS" Education Program

Make ‘Reduce, Reuse & Recycle’ come alive in classrooms with educational workshops on environmental sustainability. The workshops are FREE to all SCDOC schools in Oconee County, SC, and are designed to meet science & social studies standards.


Each 1-hour workshop focuses on a different recyclable material and includes a hands-on activity and a read-aloud. For example, the Kindergarten workshop is on food waste, and meets standards K.CG.4, K-ESS3-3, K-PS3-1, K-ESS2-1, K-ESS2-2. Other workshops include:


  • First Grade: cardboard, cardboard crafts, and red foxes as an endangered species

  • Second Grade:  paper, paper clay, and woodpeckers as an endangered species

  • Third Grade:  plastics and how they relate to watershed preservation

  • Fourth Grade:  glass reuse and recycling

  • Fifth Grade:  metal reuse and recycling


Staff and volunteers from Oconee County Solid Waste, Keep Oconee Beautiful Association (KOBA), and PalmettoPride come to schools to lead the workshops.

To invite a Quest for Less workshop to come to a classroom, contact us at, or register for a presentation at


If you are interested in volunteering with this program, please contact Trinket Hurlburt (864.888-1440, ext.5536)









2024 "Litter Trashes Everyone" Elementary School Art Contest


Deadline: Feb. 20, 2024       CLOSED FOR 2024 --STAY TUNED FOR THE 2025 CONTEST

How It Works


  • Schools that participate in the South Carolina Governor’s Art Contest on Litter Prevention can submit up to four student entries to KOBA at the same time they submit one entry to the statewide contest.

  • In addition to any state or regional awards, KOBA will present one Oconee County winner with a $100 award.

  • Each school will have one $25 KOBA award winner.




Helpful Hints

  • Teachers may present PalmettoPride’s litter lesson to the class as part of the assignment.

  • Teachers may request a free, one-hour Quest for Less workshop for their classes, to be presented by KOBA and its partners.



  • Register for the state’s “Litter Trashes Everyone” art contest here.

  • Register for KOBA’s Oconee County contest by emailing Simply provide 1) your schools's name, and 2) the name and contact information for the school's art contest coordinator.


 Deadline and Awards Announcement


  • Deadline: Entries should be postmarked by February 20, 2024 and mailed to P.O. Box 1491, Seneca, SC 29679.

  • Include a sheet with each piece of artwork submitted, with the school’s name, the student’s name, and the student’s grade level.

  • Oconee student winners will be announced in mid-March, 2024

  • Images of the submitted work may be featured on social media outlets and promotional materials.

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