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TurfMutt, OPEI's Environmental
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Contest for Students Grades K-5 Announced: Entry Deadline April 6


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OPEI, which represents the interests of the outdoor power equipment, utility vehicle, and small engine manufacturing industries, has announced the annual "Be a Backyard Superhero" contest for kids in grades K-5, as well as an expansion of the TurfMutt education program.


TurfMutt, an environmental stewardship and education program for kids, teachers and families, has announced its annual "Be a Backyard Superhero" contest, which awards a $5,000 grant to improve two winning schools' green spaces, and the addition of new in-classroom materials for grades K to 5, including a new digital storybook titled "The West Coast Mission," an online climate change game, and lesson plans for teachers at scholastic.com/TurfMutt.

"With drought ransacking the West and many other parts of the country, understanding how to care for green spaces is more important than ever," said Kris Kiser, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. "The new digital storybook and climate change game help children understand the importance of taking care of these living landscapes and what they contribute to our communities."

The TurfMutt environmental education program, funded and managed by OPEI's Research and Education Foundation, has reached 62 million students, teachers and families since 2009. Created in conjunction with Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, the TurfMutt program helps students in grades K to 5 learn about science and the environment from the perspective of the backyard, community and personal green spaces they enjoy every day. The program also provides students with an understanding of how these green spaces benefit the environment when cared for in a sustainable way.

To inspire kids to apply what they are learning to real life, the "Be a Backyard Superhero" essay contest offers students in grades K through 5 the opportunity to compete for a chance to win a $5,000 grant for a "green space makeover" at their school. Visit www.TurfMutt.com for rules and to obtain entry information.

Learn more about OPEI by visiting opei.org.

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