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Attorney General Clark Announces Annual Earth Day Challenge for Vermont Fifth and Sixth Graders

April 21, 2023

Montpelier’s Main Street Middle School Wins Visit from AG Clark

In celebration of Earth Day, Attorney General Charity Clark today announced the conclusion of the third annual Earth Day Essay Challenge for Vermont’s fifth and sixth graders. The now-annual event began in 2021 with the Attorney General’s Office inviting students to submit essays on the environment and Earth Day. This year’s essay challenge began in February and ran through early April. In response, the Attorney General’s Office received almost 50 essays from students in different parts of Vermont, from the western and central part of the state to the Northeast Kingdom.

“I was inspired by the essays we received in this year’s Earth Day Essay Challenge, and enjoyed reading several,” said Attorney General Clark. “It is our privilege to hear from these talented and dedicated students, many of whom are already taking action to help protect our environment and planet. I want to say this to each student who submitted an essay for us to read: Thank you, and we hear you. I encourage everyone to take a minute today and read some of these students’ wonderful essays in honor of their work and of Earth Day.”

The following elementary schools participated in this year’s essay challenge:

Barnet School, 5th Grade

Berlin Elementary School, 5th Grade

Braintree Elementary School, 5th and 6th Grades

Browns River Middle School, 5th Grade

Charlotte Central School, 6th Grade

Eden Central School, 5th and 6th Grades

Main Street Middle School, 6th Grade

As is tradition, each student who participates in the essay challenge is entered into a drawing for a chance to have the Attorney General pay a visit to their classroom. This year, the sixth-grade class at Main Street Middle School in Montpelier was selected from the drawing. Their essays, along with all participating students, can be found here: Members of the Attorney General’s Environmental Protection Unit and Attorney General Clark provided individual feedback to each student who submitted an essay.

The Attorney General’s Office expects to announce the fourth annual Earth Day Essay Challenge in early 2024. For more information on the Attorney General’s Office’s environmental work and to keep up to date on the latest activities of the Office, please visit the Office’s website: or follow the social media channels. 


Contact: Lauren Jandl, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171