This year, 220 4th grade students from 15 schools in Rochester put their creative ideas about littering into entries for the Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better! poster contest.  This year’s Grand Prize Winner is Natalie Kottom, a student in Mr. Pacyna’s fourth grade class at Schaeffer Academy.

(Litter Bit Better Poster)

Natalie will receive: an A Litter Bit Better! T-shirt, a large poster, a $100 gift card for her classroom, an invitation to the Mayor’s Earth Month proclamation, and a pizza lunch with Mayor Ardell Brede for the class. Additionally, Natalie’s artwork will become the centerpiece of pledge cards that encourage students to pledge not to litter, to always pick up litter, and to tell others not to litter. The pledge cards will be given to all Rochester 4th graders in April 2016, just before the start of A Litter Bit Better! week.

Winning entries are displayed on the A Litter Bit Better! website: All winners will be invited to participate in the June 2016 Rochester Fest parade to help distribute litter bags.

For the tenth year in a row, students, families, businesses and individuals pick a date, pick a time, and pick a place to help pick up litter in Rochester. The week of April 23-30, 2016 has been set aside for everyone to do their part to “Help Make Rochester a Litter Bit Better!” Registration for pick up locations opens on March 1st at

Are you looking for other ways to support the A Litter Bit Better! event? Consider becoming an event sponsor! The generous support of numerous organizations and individuals throughout the Rochester community are integral in making this event a continued success. Learn more at