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Family Week Poster Art Contest Closes Jan. 27

By Andree Swanson
Special to American Forces Press Service

SPRINGFIELD, Va., Jan. 12, 2001 – Time is running out --  entry deadline is Jan. 27 -- for elementary school artists  to win a $500 U.S. Savings Bond in the sixth annual Armed  Services YMCA Art Contest.

Kindergartners through sixth-graders who are dependents of military members are invited to submit drawings depicting their families.

Each first-place service winner receives a $500 bond. The ASYMCA also prints top artwork as the annual Military Family Week poster and distributes copies to military family support centers worldwide. The week is observed every year during Thanksgiving week. Second place winners receive $100 Savings Bonds.

Students of military families in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve are eligible to enter. Students of reserve component families will be judged with their affiliated service. Department of Defense civilians' children may enter in an honorary category for a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

Artwork should be in color on 8.5-by-11 paper. Black and white drawings may be entered, but are less likely to be selected as top winners.

The following information should be included on the back of each entry: student's name, grade and age; address; parents' names; service affiliation (if Reserve, please also indicate); phone number or e-mail at which a parent may be reached; rank of military member; installation; and school or youth program, if entering via a group entry.

Mail entries to Armed Services YMCA, Attn: Art Contest, 6225 Brandon Ave., Suite 215, Springfield, VA 22150. For additional information, call 703-866-1260. E-mail queries may be sent to

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