Last year I recieved a wonderful opportunity to allow my students to participate in the P.S. from Aeropostale T-Shirt Contest. I sent in about 40 entries from my school and one actually received an honorable mention certificate! This year I really wanted to put the importance of how this could effect our school if one of our kids design is chosen so I spoke at our weekly staff meeting about it. Here are a few points that you could give if you are participating in such a contest:
1. The contest is FREE to participate in for kids 1st-5th.
2. They give you everything: promotional posters, t-shirt templates, letters & coupons for kids, return envelopes, a disposable camera to document the students progress and other things of relevance, and a flash drive with a promo video you can show to the staff and the kids. This year we also received a $10 gift card to amazon.com which I will be using to help buy some books for the art studio. YAY!
3. Give the teachers options(last year I passed this out in class, but this year I'm putting it in the hands of the teachers): this can be a recess activity, or an end of the day activity while the kids are packing up their backpacks, or it can just be sent home.
4. I have a drop box for finished T-Shirt designs and poster outside of my room showing a good example of a design and an example of a not so good design. With the form highlighted so the kids understand it has to be filled out.
5. If one of our students gets first place in their grade level your school wins $5,000! Plus the student gets a $500 gift card to P.S. from Aeropostale.
You can find last years winners here and find out more about the contest: WHAT MAKES U SMILE.
I really like your self serve turn in your artwork for a contest approach. My school district has a licence tag art contest. I dislike using class time to work on this project. I think I will try your method!ReplyDelete
Thanks! I find that if the kids are really motivated they do a great job! This contest isn't required but it is a great opportunity for them and so I mention it, but like you said I can't stand using class time! I will also do this for the Doodle4Google contest as well!Delete
Our grade 3-5 elementary school is participating in this contest for the 1st time this year, the PTA is sponsoring it. I was fortunate enough to get the art teacher on board, she thinks it is terrific! We're hosting an after school event for the kids to design their t-shirts. Thanks for your ideas, I'll let you know how it goes.ReplyDelete
That is so awesome that PTA is on board with such a great project! The kids get really creative when they have plenty of time, can't wait to see how your after school adventure went!Delete
Hey! I'm in NC. I teach art at 2 schools midstate. We're dying to hear of the results. It's Dec. 16! No word from the contest agency. Have you heard anything?ReplyDelete
I've checked the website so many times since December 16th! Last year they had the finalists for each grade level displayed online, but I can't find anything about this years contest other than the initial information. I'm getting nervous!Delete