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Kids' Art Contest Deadline Approaches

By Andree Swanson
National Guard Bureau

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10, 2003 – Elementary school artists of military families have until Jan. 27 to enter the 2003 Armed Services YMCA Art Contest and earn a chance to win a $500 Savings Bond.

The annual talent hunt is open to kindergartners through sixth graders of active and reserve component military families in all the services, including the Coast Guard. Winners are picked from each service and awarded a $500 bond. Runners-up receive a $100 bond.

Department of Defense and Coast Guard civilians' children may enter in an honorary category for a $100 bond.

Winners' artwork is judged primarily on the theme of "My Military Family." They're featured on the Military Family Month 2003 poster, traditionally distributed around Thanksgiving.

Children should draw their military family in color on 8.5- by-11-inch paper. Include the following on the back of each entry: student's name, grade and age; address; phone number or a parent's e-mail address; parents' names; service affiliation; rank of military member; military installation; and school's name if the child attends a Defense Department school.

Mail entries to Armed Services YMCA, Attn: Art Contest, 6359 Walker Lane, Suite 200, Alexandria, Va. 22310. Entries should be postmarked no later than Jan. 27.

For more information, visit the Armed Services YMCA Web site at www.asymca.org, or call (703) 313-9600. E-mail queries may be sent to militaryfamilyweek@asymca.org.

(Andree Swanson works for the Armed Services YMCA in Springfield, Va.)

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