EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 5, 2013

Club sponsors poster, poetry contests

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — ATKINSON — The Atkinson Garden Club invites children in first through fifth grades to participate in the 2014 National Garden Clubs Inc. Poster Contest.

Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of wildlife prevention and basic environmental principles through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl.

Since 1941, schoolchildren and their families have been familiar with Smokey’s message of “Only You Can Prevent Wildfires,” encouraging personal responsibility for wildfire prevention and exercising care with campfires, barbecues, trash fires and matches.

Since 1971, Woodsy Owl, America’s icon for environmental conservatism, has challenged children to “Lend A Hand, Care for the Land,” through recycling, reusing and reducing waste, planting and caring for trees, using resources wisely and not littering.

All posters must feature either Smokey or Woodsy with accurate clothing colors and must include their respective fire prevention or conservation message.

Each piece of artwork should be 11 by 17 inches, using crayons, markers, poster paints, watercolors, etc. on paper of student’s choice. Pertinent information such as name, grade, sponsoring garden club (AGC) and contact, teacher’s name, address and phone, and email of parent or guardian should also be included on the back, preferably not in marker.

All entries must be submitted by Monday, Nov. 25.

Posters will be judged on originality, design, slogan, artwork and overall effectiveness of the artist’s message.

The national grand prize winner will be honored with a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C.; airfare and accommodations for four will be provided. The National Garden Club Inc. will award $50 to each of the first place national winners in all five grades.

For more information on this opportunity, contact Atkinson Garden Club Youth Chairman Susan Miner at 303-6385, fmotion@aol.com, or P.O. Box 576, Atkinson, 03811.

The club also is sponsoring “Protecting and Conserving Our Natural Resources,” the theme of the National Garden Club’s 2013 Poetry Contest. This contest is open to budding poets in kindergarten through ninth grade.

Poems (rhyming optional) may be in the form of traditional verse, blank verse, acrostics, cinquains, diamond poems, limericks or haiku. Entries will be judged on their title, content, creativity and style, and regional winners will be considered in judging for the national contest.

Poems must be typed and titled, including the participant’s name, age, grade and school on the back of the entry, including the name of the Atkinson Garden Club as local sponsor and New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs as the state sponsor. All winning entries will be compiled into a booklet and made available to the chosen poets.

All entries must be submitted by Nov. 25 to Atkinson Garden Club Youth Chairman Susan Miner, PO Box 576, Atkinson, 03811. For more information, email fmotion@aol.com or call 303-6385