Lions of District 2-S3: We have had the honor of having two state winners of the Peace Poster Contest in the past. Let’s work to continue that trend. You can order your kits for the 2019-20 teachers lined up and enthusiastic about the contest. Getting them information before school is out this spring gives them an opportunity to incorporate the contest into their lesson plans for the fall.
Check with the art teacher at your junior high or middle school. If you have more than one contest at different schools, you will need more than one kit. Let the art teacher know about the LCI website and how he/she can access the past winners. If the students are allowed to see the caliber of work that wins the contest, they will do better. November 1st is a good deadline for the teacher to turn in the posters to your poster chairperson. The winning poster from each contest is to be mailed or given to the district governor or myself by November 15th. The postmark can be no later than Nov. 15, 2019 or in our hands by that date. Those posters have to be judged and the winning poster from the district sent to the state chairperson by December 1st. As you can see, this doesn’t give much time for the students to work on their posters.
Make sure the art teachers know the rules for the contest. We have had to disqualify some in the past because of words on the poster or size of poster and age of the student. When you get your kits, look at the items in the kit and take only the items designated to the teacher. Be sure to keep the label for the back of the poster in a safe place until needed.
Have good judges for your contests—artists, other art teachers not associated with your contests, and those who appreciate art. Make sure the judges know the rules and criteria for judging. The theme for this year's contest is "JOURNEY OF PEACE".
Here are some of the reasons we have had to disqualify posters:
Student must be 11, 12, or 13 on November 15, 2019.
There is a size limit stated in the rules—no exceptions
The size cannot be added to with borders made of construction paper or mats
There can be no words or numbers on the front of the poster.
Nothing can be pasted or glued onto the poster.
DO NOT SEND A CLUB WINNING POSTER WITH ANY OF THESE DISCREPANCIES. IT WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED IN THE DISTRICT JUDGING.
Have prizes for your contest, whether it is cash or trophies, the students will work harder with incentives. Make a big deal of presenting your prizes to your winners. Get a picture and submit it to your local newspaper. Put it on your website. This is an opportunity to spotlight middle school children in our communities.
Let’s all join in and sponsor this contest. We would like to have someone from 2-S3 win the state and the international contest.
PDG Angie Nicholson, Peace Poster Chair