Protecting nature with all their art

THE advent of the new year will be eagerly welcomed by young artists from Bossley Park Public School and Cabramatta's Harrington Street Public School.

Four pupils from these schools will have their artworks on display as part of the 2013 Western Sydney Environment Calendar Program.

Bossley Park Public School's David Dawod, 11, Matthew Di Marzio, 11, Mykaiah Lopez, 10, and Harrington Street Public School's Dorothy Pham, 9, are among 14 winners of the art competition.

There were 500 entries on the environmental theme "Kids R Green".

Matthew used oil pastels to draw a picture that represents alternative energies.

"I want to send the message to everyone to be green and don't pollute otherwise our nature and wildlife will die," he said.

David said: "If we keep our environment clean, our trees, plants and animals will stay healthy."

Dorothy's artwork was inspired by some local amphibians she hears every morning on her way to school.

"I know some people don't really like frogs but I thought it would be good to draw it because it's green like the environment," she said.

The program was run by the Western Sydney Parklands Trust.

It was open to NSW government primary schools from Greater Western Sydney.

Framed artworks will be on display at Calmsley Hill City Farm until the end of the Christmas school holidays.

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