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JEFFERSON CITY, MO, April 19, 2024 – The Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced the winner of its 2024 Earth Day slogan contest. Ella Garr, a fifth-grade student from Académie Lafayette in Kansas City, won first place for her entry, "Protect the Earth, for what it’s worth." Ella was among more than 150 Missouri fifth graders from 13 schools who entered the annual slogan contest.

Ella received a $50 gift card donated by Central Bank in Jefferson City and a Missouri rock and mineral set donated by Missouri Geological Survey. Ella received her prizes and a copy of Governor Mike Parson’s Earth Day proclamation during a special presentation on the Earth Day stage.

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the Earth Day celebration featured nearly 30 booths, interactive environmental displays, crafts and entertainment. This year marked the 54th anniversary of the annual worldwide Earth Day commemoration and the 30th year the department has used the day to help Missourians, especially children, learn about the environment and how to care for it. 

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