An anonymous donor and the Kudzu Coalition are providing funding for several awards. These awards will be called "Kudzu Coalition Youth Awards", and include prizes for two categories, grades 6 - 8 and grades 9 to 12. All prizes will be awarded at the Kudzu Kapers event on Saturday, May 2, between 9 AM and 12 noon at HUB-BUB, 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave., Suite 2, Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Youth Art and Writing Awards For the benefit of teachers, Art and Writing Requirements and Criteria 2009 can be printed out and posted for display. The same link provides the application form for students.

Prizes are given to two school grade groups: Grades 6 to 8, and grades 9 to 12. The awards are, as follows.

  1. Art awards to individual students.
    1. $100 First Prize for each grade group.
    2. $ 50 Second Prize for each grade group.
    3. $ 25 Third Prize for each grade group.
  2. Writing awards to individual students.
    1. $100 First Prize for each grade group.
    2. $ 50 Second Prize for each grade group.
    3. $ 25 Third Prize for each grade group.
  3. Community Service Award: The donors have also provided funding for $175 in prizes to each grade group with the most student hours working on kudzu outdoors during fall 2008, winter and spring 2009. Time in kudzu training at Kudzu Kollege or in the classroom is included in the total time.
  4. Kudzu Kapers Events: Additionally, four more prizes of $50 each will be awarded for judging that takes place at Kudzu Kapers on May 2. The group awards will be given to the club, class, or organization most responsible for the achievement.
    1. $50 prize to each grade group for the largest kudzu crown removed after September 1, 2008.
    2. $50 prize to each grade group for the highest student attendance at Kudzu Kapers, and present at the time awards are given.

If you would like to help plan, organize, publicize, set up, or otherwise participate as a volunteer on May 2, please give us a call at 585-0990.

Newt Hardie
August 2008