This year there are fifteen 8th graders in my Studio in Art accelerated high school course at Chittenango Middle School. They finished the Lions Club Peace Poster project just in time for the end of the first marking period and for the judging last Wednesday. This is an international competition where the big winner gets $5,000. At the local level, the Chittenango Lions awarded monetary prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
This year’s theme is Journey of Peace.
Posters will be on display in the guidance office where we have recently created a little gallery space. They will be moved to the Sullivan Library’s Community Room for the month of December 2019.
Today our winning poster competes for the regional title. If it wins, it continues its journey at the state level then internationally.
The Lions Club is providing us with a luncheon on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in our classroom. I am so incredibly blessed to have these wonderful people in my life. They are so supportive of my program and each year for the past thirteen years they have turned three of my students into professional artists. That’s a lot of pros! Win-win! <3
Every year my Studio in Art students create illustrations for the Lions Club peace poster contest. This year’s theme was A Celebration of Peace. It is really an incredible experience to work with the Chittenango Lions club on this endeavor. Three members judge the posters, choose a winner and present cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at a classroom pizza party resulting in the creation of professional artists!
The winning poster goes on to compete in the regional competition followed by a state contest, which would land it in the finals and a chance to win the $5,000 international prize. The whole she-bang is a win-win: I create the lesson for a grade, students provide a community service, someone wins a prize, and we plant the seed of creating future community leaders. In the interim, students may join the Leos, a youth organization off-shoot of the Lions Club.
The Lions Club sponsors so many wonderful events. They make extraordinary charitable contributions. It is truly an honor to work with them. They presented me with an award for my service recently. I was told that no one outside of the club has received it besides me and that is such an incredible honor. Thank you, Rae Haynes, Marg Montross and all of the Chittenango Lions. I am blessed to know you. <3