GREEN BAY — As we approach Christmas, The Compass is sharing the winning essays and artwork from its 31st annual “Just for Kids” Christmas challenge on these pages.
Once again, The Compass paired with World Mission Services of the Catholic Foundation of the Green Bay Diocese to include “Just for Kids” art entries for the Missionary Childhood Association’s (MCA) National Christmas Card contest.
For the second year in a row, a previous year’s Just for Kids winners has been chosen by MCA as one of 24 national winners: Emily Peters was a seventh grader from St Thomas Aquinas Academy of Marinette when she submitted her artwork about Mary and Joseph traveling to Bethlehem. Bishop David Ricken also used Emily’s artwork for his personal Christmas card this year. (To see all of MCA’s winners from last year, visit their Facebook site at https://bit.ly/2SEk76w.)
In total, The Compass received 489 entries this year: 182 essays and 307 pieces of art. Nine schools and/or parish religious education programs, as well as nine individuals entered essays. Eighteen schools and/or parish religious educations programs, as well as seven individuals entered artwork.
This year’s Compass project contained both an art contest and an essay contest. The art entries reflect the Baby Jesus. The essays addressed this question: “Why did Jesus come to earth as a baby and not as a full-grown adult?”
Essays and artwork were reviewed by a panel of diocesan employees, and three winners selected in four age groups: grades pre-K to 2; grades 3-4; grades 5-6; grades 7-8. The Just for Kids art winners will be forwarded to MCA as 2018 entries.