Military Family Week Art Contest Deadline Draws Near
By Andree Swanson
Special to the American Forces
National Guard Bureau
SPRINGFIELD, Jan. 22, 2002 Postmark deadline is Jan. 28 for aspiring elementary school artists of military families to enter the Armed Services YMCA's art contest for Military Family Week.
The annual contest is open to children of active-duty or reserve military families in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and National Guard in kindergarten through sixth grade. Winners are picked from each service and awarded a $500 U.S. Savings Bond. Winners' artwork, judged primarily on the theme of "My Military Family," will be featured on the poster for this year's Military Family Week, Nov. 18- 25. Second-place winners receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.
Department of Defense civilians' children may enter in an honorary category for a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.
Children should draw their military family on 8.5-by-11-inch paper in color using pencils, crayons and paints. On the back of each entry include the student's name, grade and age; address; phone number or e- mail a parent may be reached; parents' names; service affiliation and rank of military member; military installation; and, if the child attends a Defense Department school, that school's name. Mail entries to Armed Services YMCA, Attn: Art Contest, 6225 Brandon Ave., Suite 215, Springfield, VA 22150.
For additional information, visit the Armed Services YMCA's Web site at www.asymca.org, or call 703-866-1260. E-mail queries may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Andree Swanson works for the Armed Services YMCA in Springfield, Va.)