GREEN BAY — The Compass is seeking entries from young people for its 27th annual “Just for Kids” Christmas challenge.
However, this year’s project has changed: Instead of asking for short essay answers to a Christmas question, The Compass is adding an art aspect.
Another new feature is that the contest is also being opened to students in grades 6-12.
Three winners will be chosen in four age groups: grades pre-K to 1; grades 2-5; grades 6-9; and grades 10-12. Winners’ work will be featured in the Compass’ Christmas issue on Dec. 19, as well as on The Compass website, www.thecompassnews.org, during the Christmas season.
Artwork: Entries may be black and white, or color, based on the Gospel readings for any of the Christmas Masses (please cite the Gospel verse used). Artwork must be original freehand — no copying or tracing — and not larger than 8.5 by 11 inches.
Essay: (Not to exceed 55 words.) Entries should reflect the following question: “If you could travel back to Bethlehem, what special holiday food or treat would you bring to the stable and why?”
For entries that are part of a classroom project, The Compass asks teachers/principals to narrow down the entries to the top seven (three or four each of art and essays) from each class grouping before submitting.
Winners will be chosen with the assistance of a panel of diocesan staff members.
All entries must include the child’s name, address (can be school’s address for classes and will not be included in the paper or on the website), school or student’s parish and grade in school. Class submissions must also include teacher’s name and class.
Send entries to “Just for Kids,” attn. Patricia Kasten, c/o The Compass, P.O. Box 23825, Green Bay, WI, 54305-3825, or send digitally to compass [email protected] and titled “Just for Kids artwork” or “Just for Kids essay.”
Entries must be received by Dec. 2 to be considered for publication in the Dec. 19 issue. Those wanting art entries returned, should include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.