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By Patricia Kasten | The Compass | November 3, 2021

Annual contest asks children to explore Bethlehem’s shepherds

ALLOUEZ — The Compass is again asking for entries from students for its 34th annual “Just for Kids” Christmas challenge. We encourage virtual entries. Please send links 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 fifth year in a row, a Just for Kids Compass winner has been chosen by MCA as one of the 24 national winners. This year, for the first time, there were two winners from the Diocese of Green Bay.

Lynn Trinity Pereira of St. Francis Xavier School in Appleton–Marquette Campus and Victoria Wanke of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception School in Greenville both won MCA awards. Pereira was in first grade last Christmas and Wanke was in second grade. Their art was chosen from 308 pieces based on “What did Mary sing to baby Jesus? What music or musical instruments did the angels sing at Bethlehem? And what did all that look like?”

Their drawings will be displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. during the 2021 Advent/Christmas season. In addition, their artwork will be available as a shareable digital greeting beginning on the first Sunday of Advent (Nov. 28) from the MCA website at the MISSIO website missio.org/egreetings.

Winners from this year’s Just for Kids art entries will be submitted to the 2022 MCA contest. In addition to 22 national winners, two grand prize winners are selected each year to 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 56; grades 7-8.


Artwork: Entries may be black and white, or color, with images of Shepherds (with sheep, in fields, seeing the angel, or visiting the manger. Art must be original freehand — no copying or tracing — no larger than 8.5 x 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.)

The MCA’s requirement that artwork be horizontal only


Essays: (Not to exceed 60 words.) Entries should answer this: “Who were the shepherds at Bethlehem?” Or “What did the shepherds say after hearing the angels, as they traveled to the stable or while they were coming back from Bethlehem?”

For 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 local panel of judges. Local winners will receive award certificates in January. MCA announces winners in summer.

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 title “Just for Kids artwork” or “Just for Kids essay.”

Entries must be received by Friday, Dec. 3, to be considered by the judges. Winners’ art and essays will be featured in The Compass’ Christmas issue on Dec. 24, as well as on the newspaper’s website, thecompassnews.org, during the Christmas season.

Rules for the MCA art contest can also be found at catholicfoundationgb.org/resources-world-mission-services/. Scroll down to “Just for Kids.”

(For art entries to be returned, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Note: Entries forwarded to the MCA contest cannot be returned.)

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