Entries sought for annual Christmas contest

Just for Kids 2020 focuses on music at Bethlehem

GREEN BAY — The Compass seeks art and essay entries from students for its 33rd annual “Just for Kids” Christmas challenge. With COVID-19, and many students learning at home, at least at times, we encourage virtual entries. Please send them to the email address below.

This year, as it has since 2014, The Compass is partnering with World Mission Services of the Diocese of Green Bay to include Just for Kids art entries in the Missionary Childhood Association’s (MCA) National Christmas Card contest. For the fourth year in a row, a previous year’s Just for Kids winner has been chosen by MCA as one of 24 national winners.

Payton Noskowiak (a 2020 All Saints Catholic School, Antigo, graduate) was an MCA winner this year. Her drawing will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., during the 2020 Advent/Christmas season. In addition, her artwork will be available as a shareable digital greeting beginning the first week of Advent from the MCA page on the MISSIO website missio.org.

Winners from this year’s Just for Kids art entries will be submitted to the 2021 MCA contest. In addition to national winners, two grand prize winners will have their art reproduced as the official Christmas cards for the national director of the Pontifical Mission Society in the United States.

The Compass Just for Kids Christmas challenge also includes the paper’s traditional essay contest.

Three winners (each in art and essay) will be chosen in each age group/category: grades pre-K to 2; grades 3-4; grades 5-6; grades 7-8. Winners’ art and essays will be featured in The Compass’ Christmas issue on Dec. 25, as well as on The Compass website, thecompassnews.org, during the Christmas season.

Artwork: Entries may be black and white, or color, with images of angels singing or playing musical instruments for Mary and the baby Jesus. Art must be original freehand — no copying or tracing — no larger than 8.5 by 11 inches and on white paper (no lined). Acceptable media includes crayons, pastels, colored pencils, markers, tempera or watercolor paints. (No lead pencils may be used for any part of the art.) New this year is the MCA’s requirement that artwork be horizontal only.

Essays: Entries should answer this question: “What music or song did Mary or the angels sing or play for ”baby Jesus?” (Not to exceed 60 words.)

For group entries from a classroom project, The Compass asks teachers/principals to narrow down large groups of entries from each class before submitting.

Winners for both The Compass and MCA will be chosen by a panel of diocesan staff. Local winners will receive award certificates in January.

All entries must include the child’s name, address (this can be the school’s address for classes and will not be included in the paper), school or student’s parish and grade in school. Class submissions must also include the teacher’s name and class grade.

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 [email protected] and titled “Just for Kids artwork” or “Just for Kids essay.”

Entries must be received by Dec. 1 to be considered for publication in the Dec. 25 issue.  

Full rules for the MCA art contest can also be found at catholicfoundationgb.org/resources-world-mission-services, then scroll down to “Just for Kids.”

(If you would like art entries returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Note: Entries that are forwarded to the MCA contest cannot be returned.)