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Carton 2 Garden Contest

Prizes to USA PreK-12 Schools for Creative Repurposing
of Milk and Juice Cartons in School Gardens

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Prizes to USA PreK-12 schools for imaginative use of repurposed juice and milk cartons in creating or enhancing a school garden. Some of the prizes will be awarded specifically in the categories of creative arts, health and nutrition, STEM, and environmental stewardship.

Educators can engage students in a hands-on experience creating teachable moments on environmental stewardship, sustainable packaging and healthy living.

  • Teams must collect and use a minimum of 100 cartons in their project.
  • Any size cartons will be accepted, including cartons from the school cafeteria or from the grocery store.
  • Cartons may be painted, varnished or left as raw-finished.
  • Supporting materials may be used, but should only comprise a small percentage of the final creation. Supporting materials made of natural, renewable resources (wood, newspaper, cardboard, etc.) are strongly encouraged.

Four of the 15 prizes are designated as specialty prizes: 1) Carton Art in the Garden, 2) Environmental Stewardship, 3) Health and Nutrition, and 4) STEM. Carton Art in the Garden will award the school with the best display of creative arts. The Environmental Stewardship prize will be awarded to the school that best demonstrates use of sustainability practices and development of environmental awareness. The Health and Nutrition prize will be awarded to the school that best incorporates lessons on healthy eating and lifestyle behaviors. The STEM prize will be awarded to the school that demonstrates the best use of science, technology, engineering, and math lessons in their project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178027

Number of Grants:

Fifteen (15) schools will be selected to win award packages. One school will win the grand prize. Four (4) schools will win Specialty prizes. Ten (10) schools – five (5) elementary and five (5) middle/high – will win prizes valued at $1,000.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grand Prize: valued at $5,000.
- Specialty prizes: valued at $2,000.
- Other prizes: valued at $1,000.

The grand prize is valued at $5,000:
- $4,500 cash prize for soil, plants, and other gardening needs
- $500 gift certificate from the Gardener’s Supply Shop
- Garden Essentials Package

The specialty prizes are valued at $2,000:
- $1,500 cash prize for soil, plants, and other gardening needs
- $500 gift certificate from the Gardener’s Supply Shop
- Garden Essentials Package

The rest of the prizes are valued at $1,000:
- $900 cash prize for soil, plants, and other gardening needs
- $100 gift certificate from the Gardener’s Supply Shop
- Garden Essentials Package

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entries must be submitted by schools grades PreK-12. Any public, private, or charter school in the United States may enter the contest.

Contest Rules:
- Only schools may enter the Carton 2 Garden Contest
- An adult team leader at least 18 years of age must register and upload the school’s entry.
- Grade level awards are divided into Elementary and Middle/ High School. Elementary includes grades PreK- 5 and Middle/High School includes grades 6-12. Note: to be eligible to enter, PreK classes must be located at a school that also serves older grade levels.
- Entries must not contain illegal content, profanity, obscenity, discriminatory or disparaging statements or content that violates a third party’s rights.

An applicant school does not need a garden to participate in this contest. Schools that have a fully functioning garden do not have an advantage over schools that are just starting their garden.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:

-Beginning of School: Schools start collecting cartons
-Friday, May 1, 2020: Entries due
-Friday, May 22, 2020: Winners announced

The registered team leader for each winning school will be contacted by e-mail within 7 days following the official announcement of the winners using the contact information provided in the entry form. Winners will be featured on and

All entries that submit at least the minimum requirements (entry form and up to 10 photos) will be eligible for a prize. Entries that are eligible for the grand prize and specialty prizes must also submit the minimum requirement (entry form and up to 10 photos), and in addition, a video link (under 5 minutes) telling the story of the project in its entirety from planning and the carton drive to the finished product.

Only one prize per team per contest will be awarded.

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