Help deck the halls at Shedd Aquarium by making a holiday wreath of 100% recycled and recyclable materials that celebrates a new theme every year. Classroom wreaths will be hung around the Caribbean Reef exhibit and other areas throughout the holiday season.
Visit Shedd and pick up your wreath to get started!
Submit your essay here!
Sept. 15-Oct. 21: Pick up wreath frame from Shedd
Nov. 3-4: Drop off completed wreath and submit classroom essay
December 2: View the wreaths at Shedd at the Wreath-Cycled family celebration.
Submission guidelines: Learn how to participate with your class. (PDF 112 KB)
Materials guidelines: See what materials you should look for. (PDF 96 KB)
Curriculum connections: Connect your class's wreath to art or engineering with our downloadable lessons!
Join Wreath-Cycled and submit your essay here.
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Family Event Celebration
All participating classrooms are invited to the Wreath-cycled Family Celebration Event where the winning wreaths will be announced. Check back soon for more information!
Winning Categories and Prizes
The following categories/prizes will be given to one winning group per grade span (pre K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12).
Overall: Free field trip to Shedd with bus transportation and lunches included.
Fan Favorites: There will be one winning group across the pre K-12 grades for fan favorite online and onsite: $50 gift card.
2017 Winning Wreaths
Edwards Elementary School, Pre-K–Grade 2, Cynthia Juarez's class
Roosevelt Elementary School, Grades 3–5, Jami Brown Tucker's class
Eberhart Elementary School, Grades 6–8, Mary Rodriguez's class
Jefferson High School, Grades 9–12, Craig Stenberg's class
Sonnets Academy, Pre-K–Grade 2, Ashley Dolewski's class
Mark Twain Elementary School, Grades 3-5, Ashley Pantos' class
Mark Twain Elementary School, Grades 6–8, Megan Hively's class
St. Francis High School, Grades 9–12, Sarah Mantooth Humbert's class
Best educational message:
Sacred Heart, Pre-K–Grade 2, Michelle Keen's class
Pope John XXIII School, Grades 3–5, Cathy Patterson's class
Reinberg Elementary School, Grades 6–8, Aleksandra Skorb's class
St. Charles East High School, Grades 9–12, Elizabeth Savickas's class
One of the fan favorites was selected by visitors to Shedd Aquarium and the other by online voting.
On-Site Fan Favorite: Northside Catholic Academy, Kindergarten, Kelin McDavid's class
Online Fan Favorite A: Irving Elementary School, Grade 1, Ms. Cevaal's class
Online Fan Favorite B: Everest Academy, Grade 2, Karen Miller's class