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Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

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Here is a writing contest opportunity for high school students to showcase their writing talents, explore the land ethic, and compete for cash prizes!

Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest

All students enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in public, private, and home schools in the state of Wisconsin are eligible.
Students must submit original work.
One entry per person.
The essay should be 500 words or less in length.
Submissions must be sent by 11:59 pm on March 17, 2017.
Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Aldo Leopold is best known for writing A Sand County Almanac (1949), in which he articulates his vision of a “land ethic” – that people come to “see land as a community to which we belong” and learn to “live on a piece of land without spoiling it.”

As a work of great literature, A Sand County Almanac powerfully reshapes our understanding of the relationship between people and land. The Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest uses Leopold’s ideas to inspire students to participate in the evolution of the land ethic through the written word.

2017 Writing Contest Topic

The topic for the 2017 Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest is based upon Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic” essay from A Sand County Almanac:


Tell us the story of a local leader who exemplifies Leopold’s land ethic

You may interpret “local” as someone who lives as nearby as your own neighborhood, or who resides and works elsewhere in Midwest region of the United States.

To be successful, you will need to read and understand the “The Land Ethic” essay in A Sand County Almanac and convey that understanding in your writing.

Download “The Land Ethic” essay in PDF format:

DOWNLOAD “The Land Ethic” essay Reprinted from A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC by Aldo Leopold (1968): “The Land Ethic” (pp. 201-226).

Participants are also encouraged to explore other 
writings by Aldo Leopold as part of your preparation and become involved with a local Leopold Weekend celebration, happening throughout Wisconsin from March 3 to 5, 2017.

Eligibility

All students enrolled in grades 9 to 12 in public, private, and home schools in the state of Wisconsin are eligible. Students must submit original work. One entry per person.

Format

The essay should be 500 words or less in length.

All essays must be typed in 12 pt font, double spaced, and submitted electronically. If you run into trouble submitting your essay online, please contact .gro.dlopoelodla@tsetnocgnitirw

The writer’s name may not appear anywhere on the manuscript to allow for blind judging.

Deadline

Submissions must be sent by 11:59 pm on March 17, 2017. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Awards

Contest winners will be notified in May 2017, and will receive the following:

  • Three winners from 9th-10th grade: $300 each
  • Three winners from 11th-12th grade: $500 each

Writing contest winners will also receive copies of A Sand County Almanac, and memberships to the Aldo Leopold Nature CenterInternational Crane Foundation, and the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

An awards ceremony will take place at the Leopold Center in Baraboo, WI, on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Winning essays will be featured on the Leopold Foundation website and may also be printed in The Leopold Outlook, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s member magazine.

Student and Teacher Resources

Would you like to explore this year’s essay topic in depth with your students? We’ve compiled these resources and lessons for teachers as a guide.

Readings and lessons on the land ethic:

View the winning essays from the 2016 writing contest:

Download a flyer to print and share!

Contest Sponsors

The 2017 Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Writing Contest is presented by:

ENTER THE CONTEST

Aldo Leopold writing at the Shack. Photo: Aldo Leopold Foundation

 

 

 

Herb Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program

2017 Kohl Excellence Scholarship for graduating homeschoolers in Wisconsin 

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The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation provides graduating high school seniors with scholarships each year through the Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program.

The Excellence Scholarship is a one time only $5,000 award that is paid directly to the recipient’s chosen college. One hundred scholarships are awarded annually. Since 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship Program has awarded $3,300,000 to 2,700 students.

In 2015, a homeschooled student from Hillsboro was a winner of the Kohl Excellence Scholarship.

pic2_homeThe program searches for students that excel in leadership, academics, and giving back to the community. The goal is to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or non-public university, college or vocational/technical college.


The application process is divided between public school students, religious and independent school students, and homeschooled students.

 

This is a competitive scholarship. Students will be evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals. See How Your Application Will Be Scored for details.


Wisconsin Parents Association (
WPA) has been designated by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to coordinate and administer applications for homeschoolers. A WPA selection committee will review the applications and submit finalists to the Foundation.

The application form for homeschoolers is almost the same as that for other students with only minor changes because of the way homeschools are constituted. Neither Herb Kohl nor anyone in the Kohl Family plays any role in the evaluation and selection of the candidates or recipients. It requires several short essays, one 300-500 word essay, three letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. Completed applications must be mailed by November 23, 2016.


Application forms for homeschoolers can be found on the WPA website here.


Please tell other homeschoolers about this opportunity.
Although we recommend that homeschool families become members of WPA, it is not necessary to be a WPA member to apply for the scholarships.

 

 

Nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest Announced by Philadelphia Homeschool

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Philadelphia Homeschool Art ContestThird Annual Nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest sponsored by Philadelphia Homeschool has just been announced and we are excited to share this opportunity with all home educated students in the southwest Wisconsin area!

The PHB Homeschool Art Contest is open to any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the continental U.S. in grades K through 8.

Here are a few details:

The theme for this year’s contest is: “SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY”

 

All art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation.  (No copying!  See contest rules for details.)

Entry forms and further information is listed at the PHB Homeschool Blog on this post.

Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  1. Artwork portrays the theme
  2. Design/Composition
  3. Craftmanship/Skill
  4. Creativity
  5. Aesthetically Pleasing

Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades K – 2
  • Grades 3 – 5
  • Grades 6 – 8

Artwork must be on 8.5 by 11 inch paper and can be done in any medium.

Art Contest participants must abide by the Rules.

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, April 30th, 2016.

 

Prizes:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be given for each category.

Sponsors who are donating some fantastic prizes include free Subscriptions to SchoolhouseTeachers.com, free curriculum from Berean Builders, and free magazine subscriptions and videos from Answers in Genesis.

One of the winners from the PHB Homeschool Art Contest 2015. 


Further information about the
Homeschool Art Contest is listed at the
PHB Homeschool Blog on this post.

Go check it out and get your artwork ready!

P.S. Look for the PHB Homeschool Writing Contest later in the year.

If you’d like to check out past year’s winning artwork, please click on the following links:

Kohl Scholarship for Homeschooled High School Seniors

Kohl Scholarship – Wisconsin Homeschoolers

The Herb Kohl Educational Foundation provides graduating high school seniors with scholarships each year through the Kohl Excellence Scholarship Program. The Foundation awards $3,000 Excellence Scholarships to 100 Wisconsin high school graduates annually.
Since 1990, the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Excellence Scholarship Program has awarded $2,800,000 to 2,600 students.

The program searches for students that excel in leadership, academics, and giving back to the community. The goal is to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue post-secondary education in a public or non-public university, college or vocational/technical college.

The application process is divided between public school students, religious and independent school students, and homeschooled students.

In 2015, one of the homeschooled student winners was from the Southwest Wisconsin area.

This is a competitive scholarship. Students will be evaluated on their leadership, citizenship, school and community involvement, and academic achievement. In addition, students will be evaluated on their ability to clearly articulate goals in each of four areas: future educational goals, personal life goals, community/society service goals, and career goals.

Homeschooled Wisconsin students receive a proportionate number of the total scholarships awarded each year. Wisconsin Parents Association (WPA) has been designated by the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation to coordinate and administer applications for two Kohl Excellence Scholarships of $3,000 each for homeschoolers.

A WPA selection committee will review the applications and submit finalists to the Foundation, just as Wisconsin’s 12 CESAs will submit finalists from public schools and the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools (WCRIS) will submit finalists from private schools that are not homeschools. Winners will be chosen by a state selection committee from CESAs, WCRIS, the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, the Kohl Educational Foundation, and statewide education-related associations.

The application form for homeschoolers is almost the same as that for other students with only minor changes because of the way homeschools are constituted. It requires several short essays, one 300-500 word essay, three letters of recommendation, and a high school transcript. The application must be typed. Completed applications must be mailed by November 25, 2015.

Selection of homeschool finalists will be made by a committee named by the WPA Board of Directors. On or before December 21, 2015, WPA will advance the finalists to the state level. The state selection committee will convene on February 2-3, 2016 to score applications. Recipients will be notified of their selection in early March, 2016. The state selection committee will consist of representatives of the cooperative educational service agencies, Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools, Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation, Herb Kohl Educational Foundation, education-related associations, and the community. Kohl Scholarship rules, application form, selection criteria, etc. are all determined by the Kohl Foundation.

Application forms for homeschoolers can be found on the WPA website here.

Please tell other homeschoolers about this opportunity. It is not necessary to be a WPA member to apply for the scholarships.

Logo Contest Announced

7 Rivers Recycling Logo Contest 2015

High School students from the 7 Rivers Region are invited to create a logo for
7 Rivers Recycling, LLC and potentially receive an award and/or recognition.

Entrants must read the entirety of the contest rules before submitting a logo.

7rivers logo contest rules

Deadline for entries is Earth Day – April 22, 2015

7 Rivers Recycling (7RR) is a local recycler focusing on less traditional materials such as old mattresses, computers, light bulbs and more.

WHAT TO ENTER:

We are looking for a digital image logo that is a simple, creative and memorable. The logo must not infringe on protected trademarks or protected artistic license. The logo must be substantially created by an individual high school student of the 7 Rivers Region.

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RECOGNITION AND UP TO $1,350.00 IN AWARDS:

One logo each will be selected for 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place by a panel of judges. Also, 7 Honorable Mention logos will be selection by a panel of judges. The aforementioned 10 logos, with the names of associated Entrants, will be recognized on the websites of 7RR, Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling and D&M Recycling. Regardless of the judges’ selection, 7RR may adopt any submitted logo as its business logo. In the event 7RR does adopt a logo from this Contest, there will be an additional award for that logo. In the event one or more logos are determined to be too similar to readily distinguish one from another, then the logo(s) submitted later will be removed from consideration.

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HOW TO ENTER:

Logos must be submitted using jpeg, pdf, eps, png, tiff, or ai file types.  No more than two logos may be submitted by a student.  More than two submittals by a student may cause all of that student’s submittals to be rejected.

The following required information must be submitted with the logo:

~ Entrant’s name
~ If under 18, name and contact information of parent(s)/guardian(s), including phone number and  email. If over 18, Entrant’s contact information, including phone number and email.
~ Entrant’s High School Name and physical address.
~ Name & contact information of a teacher in Entrant’s high school who we may contact.
Logo and above required information must be sent to Logo@7RiversRecycling.com with “Logo Contest” in the subject line of the email.

Contest is open to all public, private, and home school high school students in the following Wisconsin counties:La Crosse, Juneau, Vernon, Buffalo, Monroe, Trempealeau,  Jackson — except those students who have an immediate family member who is an employee of Hilltopper Refuse & Recycling Service Inc. or D&M Recycling LLC

Read over the rules and get creative!

UPDATE: May 14, 2015

CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WINS $1,000 BY DESIGNING LOGO

Logo Contest Winner Announced – Press Release

The top logo was designed by Central High School student, Jack Pretasky and 7 Rivers Recycling, LLC awarded him $1,000.00. 

There were nearly 100 entries received. Designs were judged by a seven-member panel that included representatives from business, education and local chambers of commerce.

The top 3 designs and 7 honorable mentions are posted on 7 Rivers Recycling’s website.

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7 Rivers Recycling does the right thing by recycling the tough stuff like mattresses, light bulbs, electronics and more.

7 Rivers Recycling, LLC
W6833 Industrial Blvd., Suite 100
Onalaska, WI  54650
(608) 781-0257

http://www.7RiversRecycling.com

7 Rivers Recycling is a for-profit business with a not-for-profit mission, and believes in not only finding value in discarded material resource but in finding value in all humans, particular those that have challenges or may have a sense of being disenfranchised from society. Learn more here.

 

Teen Video Challenge

Teen Video Challenge Promotes Library Summer Reading Program


unmaskTeens across the country are invited to create a 30 to 90 second video with their unique interpretation of the 2015 teen slogan Unmask in combination with reading and libraries. The idea is to involve teens in summer reading, before and during the summer months, by being part of the process. This is an opportunity for teens to showcase their creativity and have their ideas heard before a national audience. 

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Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter the “2015 Teen Video Challenge” in the state where they reside. Videos can be created individually or as a team.

The deadline for submissions is Monday, March 23rd, 2015
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Don’t know where to start?

Check with your local library for more details. Literally.

Librarians can be a source of great inspiration! If you’re near Westby, the Bekkum Memorial Library has software and equipment to help. Come and see Jess to find out more.

Here’s a one page document with suggested links that may help: Wisconsin_TVC_Resources_2015

Curious about what other teens might make?

Watch last year’s winning entry, a moody, Hunger Games‑esque offering from teens at the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville.

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Or take a look at the winning submission from the L. E. Phillips Memorial Library in Eau Claire.

All submissions must be received by Monday, March 23, 2015.

Wisconsin Teen Video Challenge Entry Form

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Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest

UPDATED Nov. 17, 2014 Message from Gwen:

Dear Fellow Homeschooler,

I’m thrilled to announce that for the third year in a row I will be hosting a Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest on my blog, “Philadelphia Homeschool”.  The contest is for any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades 3 through 8.
This week is the last week of the Contest!  Stories must be postmarked by this Saturday, November 22nd!
Students will use this story starter to create a story of their own:
__(Character Name)____  looked around, but realized with a sudden dread there was no way out.  He/She was trapped! 
 
God has graciously given us sponsors who are donating some fantastic prizes.  These include gift certificates to the Institute for Excellence in Writing, Subscriptions to SchoolhouseTeachers.com, writing curriculum (courtesy of Peace Hill Press) and gift cards to Amazon.com, Toys R Us, & Barnes & Noble.
More details about the contest can be found by clicking on this link to my Philadelphia Homeschool blog: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/homeschool-writing-contest-2014/
Please feel free to let your friends and homeschool network(s) know about the contest.  Last year’s contest was a great success, and I look forward to an even greater response this year.
May God continue to bless your homeschool adventure!
Sincerely,
Gwen Fredette
(Philadelphia Homeschool Blog)
P.S. If you’d like to check out past year’s winning stories, please click on one or more of the following links:

Gwen Fredette writes for the blogs “Philadelphia Homeschool” and ‘U Read Thru History”.  For the third year in a row she is hosting a nationwide homeschool writing contest.  It’s for grades 3 through 8, is free to enter, and the sponsors are donating wonderful prizes for the kids.

Here’s a link to the contest page: http://phillyhomeschool.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/homeschool-writing-contest-2014/ She also has a link on her “U Read Thru History” site: http://ureadthru.wordpress.com/2014/10/15/phb-homeschool-writing-contest-2014/

Help get the word out to as manyhomeschoolers as possible. Please tell all your homeschool friends about the Homeschool Writing Contest.“PHB” Homeschool Writing Contest!!! 2014  phbwritinglogo

“PHB” Philadelphia Homeschool Blog

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m hosting my third annual Nationwide Homeschool Writing Contest!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades 3 through 8.

How to Enter:  

1)  Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Writing Contest Rules

2.) Write a story of 1000 words or less, beginning with this starter:

___(Character Name)____  looked around, but realized with a sudden dread there was no way out.  He/She was trapped! 

Where was your character trapped?  In a pit?  In a closet?  In a lie?  In Medieval Europe surrounded by fire-breathing dragons?  What or who is your character?  Yourself?  Another person?  A puppy?  A bug?  An alien from an alternate universe?  Tell us about it!

3.)  Fill out and mail in your entry form and story.  Please click here to obtain the entry form: 2014 Entry Form Writing Contest

Deadline:  All entries must be post-marked by Saturday, November 22nd.

Where to Send Story:  Please see “Writing Contest Rules” for details.

Categories:   Entries will be separated into 3 categories:

  • Grades 3 & 4
  • Grades 5 & 6
  • Grades 7 & 8

Prizes:  1st, 2nd, & 3rd prizes will be given for each category.

1) 1st prize:

2.) 2nd prize:

3.) 3rd prize:

All entrants: will receive a certificate for participating in the contest.

Winner Notification:  Winners will be notified by email in December, 2014

Judging:  See panel of judges listed here.

Special Thanks to the Sponsors who helped make this contest possible!

 

 

 

  

Conservation Poster and Photo Contests

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NACD Close Up Conservation Photo Contest Winner 2013

National Conservation Poster, Speaking, and Photo Contests

The National Association of Conservation Districsts (NACD) and the NACD Auxiliary annually partner to host the National Poster Contest and the Photo Contest.

Contests provide an excellent opportunity for students to enjoy healthy competition while learning about conservation.

Each area has a local district that sponsors the area contests. Not all districts sponsor Poster, Photo, and Speaking Contests.  Please check over all the contests and details. You’ll need to contact your local conservation district for entry information on each of the contests. Depending on your local area conservation district, the deadlines and entry requiremnts may vary.

2015 Poster Contest

2015 NACD Conservation Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides K-12 grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art.

The contest is open to public, private or home school students. Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. 

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<– * Here’s the link for the Wisconsin  NACD County Offices. *

The top posters in each district for each age category will go on to the state competition, and could even go on to the national competition and win cash prizes!

The posters can use any 2-dimensional media and must be between 8.5″ x 11″ and 22″ x 28″ in size.  “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators” must be somewhere on your poster.  Have fun creating!

 

2015 Poster Contest Theme: Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators
Poster Categories by grade:          K-1         2-3         4-6         7-9         10-12
The contest is open to public, private or home school students.
Local districts or states may have different categories or rules for their contest.
Rules and Resources for 2015 Conservation Poster Contest
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What Makes a Good Poster? | PDF |
National Visual Arts Standards
Logo in jpeg or tif/gif – Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators

Vernon County residents, please contact  Sarah McDowell at smcdowell@vernoncounty.org  by or before December 1, 2014 if you have any interest in this fun conservation Poster Contest opportunity.  The posters will be due to the Vernon County Land & Water Conservation Department office on Friday, January 23rd  and the state competition is the first week of March.  2015 Poster Contest Entry Form
* UPDATE 10/02/14 —  In addition to the Poster and Photo contests, in Vernon County, there is an option for 5th-12th grade students to participate in a Conservation Speaking Contest.
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2014 Conservation Photo Contest Winner Youth (Lake County SWCD)

2013 Conservation Photo Contest Winner Youth, Indiana

 

Photo Contest
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A picture can be worth even more than a thousand words. Good photographs can lend a helping hand to numerous projects: they strengthen publicity for a fund-raiser, make a newsletter more appealing and reveal the beauty of wetlands to children. The Photo Contest recognizes effective use of photography.

This contest is open to any amateur photographer of any age. Enter up to 5 total photos per person in the following four categories: Conservation Practices, Close Up Conservation, Conservation in Action, and Ag/Conservation Across America.  All photos must be taken within your district.

The top three in each age category will receive a prize and will move onto the National Competition.

Vernon County Residents: Vernon County Land & Water Conservation is offering the Conservation Photo Contest this year.  This is a great way to get your students outside so they can catch a snapshot of the beauty of nature and farming that is all around us!  All photos are due by November 1, 2014. All photos must be taken in Vernon County, WI so we can showcase conservation in our area of the state. Contact Sarah McDowell <smcdowell@vernoncounty.org> for the forms and details for Vernon County.
2014 Vernon Co. Photo Contets Entry Form
2014 NACD Photo Contest Details

Conservation Photo Winner 2015 1st Place, Youth, Illinois

2013 Conservation Photo Winner, Youth, Illinois

A Mystery Class (and Contest!)

Physical Science???     Driver’s Education???    Spanish???
Vocabulary Roots???     Raising Chickens???
Photography???    Chemistry ???     Mime Lessons???

Our friends at Compass Classroom (www.compassclassroom.com) asked us to help put together a contest for Dwane’s new mystery video series.

Dwane needs your help

Apparently after finishing Visual Latin (www.visuallatin.com), the producer said he had to teach a bunch of new classes – more than he could do in one year. So he’s in a dilemma and needs your help.

Watch this video for a special message about what you can do to assist him.

As a bonus, when you vote for one you will automatically be entered into a contest for an Amazon Gift card!

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Visit Hip Homeschool Moms to vote! By voting you’ll automatically be entered to win one of three Amazon Gift Cards. To get more entries, share with your friends and on Facebook (as well as a lot of other things).

Contest Entry: http://hiphomeschoolmoms.com/giveaway

What do you think?   Donde està el baño?   Leave a comment below.

Homeschool Art Contest (2014)

“Reading and Imagination” nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest hosted by Philadelphia Homeschool Blog. Open to all homeschooled students K-8th grades. The contest Rules, forms, and PRIZES are all detailed in the original post. Entries are due by April 12th, 2014.

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Homeschool Art Contest!!! (2014)

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m hosting my first nation-wide Homeschool Art Contest!  Here’s the details:

For Who:  Any child currently being homeschooled (either traditional or virtual charter school) in the U.S. in grades K through 8.

How to Enter:  

1) Read and abide by the Contest Rules.  Please click here to obtain the rules: Art Contest Rules (doc) OR Art Contest Rules (pdf)

2.) Create a work of art according to this theme: “Reading and Imagination”.  Your art work should also meet these requirements:

  • Art work should reflect the theme “Reading and Imagination”.
  • Any homeschooled student in grades K – 8 can participate.
  • Must be on 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper
  • Art work can be done in any medium (pencil, marker, crayons, colored pencil, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Art work must be created from the student’s imagination or through direct observation.  (No copying!  See contest rules for…

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