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Texas GLO Childrens Art Contest and License Plates 2009

The Texas General Land Office is accepting applications for the children's art contest and for adopt-a-beach license plates

13th Annual Treasures of the Texas Coast Children's Art Contest
Available for all Texas students in grades K-6 are invited to participate.

Entries must incorporate the slogan, "Trashing Texas Beaches Isn't Cool". Artwork must be displayed on 8.5" x 11" flat page and can be any medium except computer generated. Three-dimensional art will not be accepted. All entries must include an entry/parental consent/student pledge form attached on the back.

Ten winners will be chosen from each of four grade-level categories (K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th, and 6th) for a total of 40 winners. One grand prize winner will be chosen from among 40 finalists. Winning artwork will appear together in a 2009 calendar, which will be distributed throughout the state. The grand prize winner will receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from Continental Airlines to any Contintental destination in the 48 contiguous United States and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterparks (New Braunfels, South Padre Island, or Galveston Island). All 40 winners will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christie; two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn, prizes and a certificate of recognition from the Texas General Land Office, and a calendar displaying the winning artwork. The grand prize winner's teacher will also receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from Continental Airlines.

All submissions must be postmarked by Monday, March 2nd, 2009 and mailed to the Texas General Land Office. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Adopt-A-Beach Program: Children's Art Contest 2009
Texas General Land Office
PO Box 12873
Austin, Texas 78711-2873

For more information, or to have an entry form mailed or faxed to you, please contact the Adopt-A-Beach Program's toll-free line at 1-877-TXCOAST (892-6278) or email beach@glo.state.tx.us


Texas Adopt-A-Beach License Plates
To reserve your specialty plate, please visit Texas Online or your local tax office website to order your plate today!

Now you can support the Texas coast all year by purchasing the official Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach specialty license plate. For every plate sale, the Adopt-A-Beach Program receives a direct benefit that will help the program continue to grow, reduce litter on Texas beaches, and provide coastal environmental education to our youth.

The plate costs just $30 in addition to regular vehicle fees, with $22 used to support the Texas coastline. Personalized plates are also available for an extra $40. In addition, the cost of purchasing the plate is considered a tax-deductible donation from you.

FAQs for Adopt-A-Beach Specialty License Plates
How can I order an Adopt-A-Beach specialty license plate? Do I have to wait until I get my renewal notice?
You do not have to wait until your renewal notice because you can order the license plate at any time. Visit the Texas Online Web site to complete your application today. You may also download the form from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Web site.

When will my license plate be ready?
It will take two to three weeks to receive your license plate, which will be mailed to your local county tax office where you can pick it up.

Are my vehicle registration fees included in the price of the Adopt-A-Beach license plate?
No. Fees for your annual registration are not included.

Is the $30 fee charged annually, and is it in addition to the yearly registration fee?
Yes it is charged in addition to the yearly registration, $22 of the $30 goes to the Adopt-A-Beach program each year.

Will the expiration date of my regular vehicle registration change?
Yes. If your vehicle is currently registered when the license plate is issued your vehicle registration expiration date will be adjusted by TxDOT to correspond with the expiration of your new Adopt-A-Beach plate.

Can I personalize my Adopt-A-Beach license plate?
For an additional $40 you may order a personalized plate of five spaces or less. TxDOT will review each request to ensure that it does not duplicate another license plate. You have the option to personalize your plate online at the Texas Online Web site and the form can be downloaded on the TxDOT site.

What are the guidelines for selecting a personalized plate message?
The Texas Online website has outlined guidelines for selecting a personalized message.

Can I transfer my license plate to another vehicle that I own or might buy in the future?
Plates may be transferred to another vehicle you own with a corrected vehicle registration obtained from your local county tax office.

What if I have more questions?
Call the TxDOT customer help desk at 512-465-7611 or the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach program at 1-877-TXCOAST (892-6278).

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