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 WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Orkin Pest Control and the National Association of Elementary School Principals announce the national INSECT POSTER CHALLENGE for children in kindergarten through grade six.
 Students across the U.S. are being asked to study different kinds of insects and their habitats and then draw an insect picture that demonstrates insects' importance in our ecosystem.
 Three first place winners will be invited to attend the Smithsonian's opening celebration of the renovated O. Orkin Insect Zoo and unveiling of the new O. Orkin Insect Zoo poster of winners' illustrations. The deadline for entries is April 15. Winners will be announced May 15.
 The Poster Challenge commemorates the opening of the O. Orkin Zoo at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in September.
 The National Museum of Natural History's O. Orkin Insect Zoo will feature a new aquatic exhibit, natural rain forest and desert habitats as well as interactive programs such as tarantula feedings.
 Poster Challenge information and entry forms are being distributed to principals who are members of the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
 For more information about the Poster Challenge, the O. Orkin Insect Zoo exhibit or visuals contact Margie Eden 404-877-1800.
 SMITHSONIAN O. ORKIN INSECT ZOO POSTER CHALLENGE
 SUMMARY OF RULES
 -- Create drawing illustrating insects' importance to our ecosystem
 by answering one of the following:
 -- Why are insects important?
 -- How do humans and insects live/work together to make this
 world a better place?
 -- Why are insects our friends?
 -- Insects are beautiful and live wonderful lives.
 -- Entries are submitted to school principals to select three
 finalists, one from kindergarten; one grades 1-3; one grades 4-6.
 -- In each of the three groups, grades K, 1-3, 4-6, there will be
 one first prize winner. Forty-seven second prize winners will be
 chosen to receive a copy of the O. Orkin Insect Zoo poster and
 the hard cover book "Insects."
 -- Judging is based on originality and creativity (0-40 points);
 relevance to goals of O. Orkin Insect Zoo (0-35 points);
 execution of drawing (0-25 points).
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 /CONTACT: Laura Layton or Jane Mollenkamp of Ketchum Public Relations, 404-877-1800, or, after hours, 404-594-7544/


CO: Smithsonian Instituion National Museum of Natural History; Orkin
 Pest Control; National Association of Elementary School Principals ST: District of Columbia IN: SU:


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