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Glade Hill Elementary wins $1,500 in ‘milk’ contest
Students made a town of used milk cartons
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Courtesy Photo: Students at Glade Hill Elementary put in long hours to create a replica of a town entirely from milk cartons. Glade Hill was one of three elementary schools nationwide to win a $1,500 prize in the Made By Milk Construction Contest.

Monday, January 13, 2014


Glade Hill Elementary will be receiving $1,500, thanks to a group of creative students and approximately 1,000 milk cartons.

With the help of pre-K teacher Brenda Strickland and volunteer Charles Converse, students entered the Made By Milk Construction Contest last year and created a replica of a town made entirely of milk cartons.

The theme of the contest was "transportation" and Glade Hill's team of students chose "Then and Now" as their habitat name.

The team of students called themselves "Milk Moo-vers."

"Students and teachers provided hours of work and fun helping to create the various transportation modes depicted in this diorama," said Strickland. "From canoes, wagons, boats and trains to airplanes, air balloons and jets, the diorama illustrates the different modes of transportation over time."

Approximately 1,000 cartons were used to make the replica.

Students in Haley Parker's art classes spent months cutting and painting the cartons, sometimes staying after school to work on the project.

Glade Hill's replica was chosen by a panel of judges as one of three winners at the elementary level.

The replica is currently on display in the auto gallery at the transportation museum in Roanoke.

"The transportation museum learned of the replica and asked us if they could have it for display in the museum once we were done with it," Strickland said.

The school plans to use the money to build a new fenced in playground area for the younger students at the school.

The Made By Milk contest encourages students all over the nation to build strong bones with milk and flex their creative muscles by repurposing milk cartons.

"We think we have created an artistic masterpiece and are very proud of our students and community in helping us work towards this milestone," said Strickland.

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