LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Students at DeQuincy Elementary school are being recognized nationwide for their performance in the litter prevention play, "The Ultimate New Year's Resolution."
"We thought it was just going to be a play and be over with," says Cody White, a Dequincy 6th grader in the play.
But the students had no idea a play based on the Louisiana Litter Law would be the beginning of something great.
The play took first place in a national competition sponsored by America the Beautiful and second place at the recently held Keep Louisiana Beautiful Conference.
"Winning those awards made me go ballistic," says Jaycey Royer, a Dequincy 6th grader in the play.
"We're like little kids and we get this big award and it's really awesome," says Tamia Grant, a student in the play.
The group of students is now raising money to travel to Washington D. C.and accept their award.
"It would be amazing if we actually got to go receive this award," says Madison Dykes, a student in the play.
Students say it is not just about the award, but it's always about getting people in a good habit of throwing away trash.
Some scenes within the play even illustrate the consequences of littering.
"It teaches us not to litter or bad things will happen to you," says Andon Sowers, a student in the play.
"Andon's little sister started crying because she thought that this play was real and that he was really getting handcuffed," says Royer.
The group is still raising money to make their trip to Washington D. C. possible.
If you would like to make a donation you can contact the Dequincy Chamber of Commerce at(337) 786-6451.