A drawing contest to promote a cleaner Maricopa is being offered to school children by three Maricopa businesses.

Ramsey’s American Grill, Pinal Energy, LLC and 1st Impressions Ink are offering one child from each school level – elementary, middle and high school – the opportunity to win a $50 gift certificate to Ramsey’s and having their art reprinted on to aluminum signs to be posted somewhere in the community.

“We want to teach children to take pride in their environment,” said William Harkness, owner of Ramsey’s American Grill. “This is a chance to get them on the same page.”

Harkness cites the recent graffiti vandalism around town as a lack of respect in the community.

“We’re trying to bring them back,” he said. “I believe we’ll be more effective if we promote awareness rather than focusing on punishment.”

The contest is open-themed revolving around keeping Maricopa clean. All school level children from elementary through high school are eligible to participate.

All entries must be submitted on the 8 ½ by 11 form provided by the sponsors (click here to download an entry form). Entries may be dropped off at Ramsey’s American Grill at 21141 N. John Wayne Parkway in the Fry’s Marketplace Center.

All entries must be received by April 24 at 1p.m. and must contain the following information on the back of the drawing: first and last name, address, phone number, e-mail, school and grade level.

For more information about the contest, stop by Ramsey’s American Grill.

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