The Solid Waste District offers contests throughout the year for students, schools, and youth groups. Contest entries and voting for the most recent contest are listed below. Please take a look and follow the instructions to vote for your favorite!

If you have questions about our student and youth contests, contact the District's Education Specialist at 216.443.3731.


2016 Poetree Contest

The Solid Waste District’s annual Poetree Contest is a celebration of trees as a natural resource. Trees offer food, warmth, building materials and a place to relax and reflect.

During the month of April, and in honor of Arbor Day, Cuyahoga County students in Kindergarten through 12th grade wrote and submitted poems to the District to celebrate trees. The student entries are listed below. Click on a picture to make it larger. Please read the students entries and decide on your favorite. You can judge based on style, rhyme or rhythm, comprehension, mood and imagery, word selection, line ending, and/or content. Judging closes at 12:00 PM on Monday, May 23, 2016.

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE POETREE NOW! To vote, send an e-mail to including the grade level and entry number. You can also vote at (

Thank you for voting! We appreciate your help in raising the awareness of our connection to nature.


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