News Release

Artists needed!

Valley Air District invites submissions for 2023 Kids’ Calendar

Teachers and parents are urged to provide their students with crayons, markers and paper and let the creative juices flow, as we invite submissions for the 2023 Healthy Air Living Kids’ Calendar Contest. All San Joaquin Valley students from kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to enter this annual contest, allowing kids the opportunity to create their vision of Healthy Air Living.

Entries are due by Friday, Oct. 14, 2022. Winners and their artwork will be featured in this bilingual calendar, showing how individuals can help improve air quality and quality of life for all Valley residents. The District plans to print and distribute calendars to schools, community groups, healthcare facilities and other clean-air partners, as in years past.

Guidelines for creating a winning Healthy Air Living kids calendar entry:

  • Paper should be placed in landscape orientation, so it is 8-1/2 inches high and 11 inches wide
  • Artwork should be in color and produced by paint, pen, crayon, marker, colored pencil or even computer-generation. Vivid colors are recommended.
  • Artwork should contain a message about how to live a Healthy Air Life. Examples of past messages include: “Switch to an electric lawn mower,” “Be cool and carpool when going to school,” “Don’t burn wood, switch to gas,” “Please don’t idle while waiting for the kids at school.”
  • Bilingual and Spanish-language messages are encouraged.

Artists need to include their name, address, phone number, e-mail, age, grade and school, on the back of the entry. Please mail art flat, not folded or stapled, to: 2023 Kids’ Calendar Contest, Valley Air District, 1990 E. Gettysburg Ave., Fresno, CA 93726, or drop off your entry at the nearest District office in Modesto, Fresno or Bakersfield.

For an example of this year’s calendar and additional contest information, visit: For questions about the contest, email or call a regional office: in Fresno (559-230-6000), in Modesto (209-557-6400) and in Bakersfield (661-392-5500).

The Valley Air District covers eight counties including San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and San Joaquin Valley air basin portions of Kern. For additional information about the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, visit or call 559-230-6000.