HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Kendall McRae and Mikayla Reighard, both Hartsville High School students, are the first- and second-place winners of the 2019 Keep Darlington County Beautiful annual art contest.

Gary White, the recycling coordinator for Darlington County Environmental Services, congratulated both students on their outstanding submissions. Both centered on the theme of “A Cleaner Future For Our County.”

“The Keep Darlington County Beautiful group has the pleasure of sponsoring this anti-litter artwork contest in the school district,” White said. “There were many excellent pieces of work submitted.”

Students who choose to participate in the contest must create works of art using Palmetto Pride’s colors of blue and green as well as the organization’s theme. The contest aims to promote the importance of not littering.

The organization printed the artwork of Jordan and Jewel on official T-shirts. Both students also received gift cards.

Each year, Palmetto Pride funds the cost of gloves, vests, trash grabbers and trash bags when Keep Darlington County Beautiful participates in the Great American Cleanup throughout April, May and June. For more information about Keep Darlington County Beautiful or to volunteer, call 843-398-4800.

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