Georgia has a contest they do every year that they offer to school aged children. It is to support the arts and to support children's creativity. The contest starts at the school level and then winners participate in a county then a state competition. When I was in school they called it Kalediscope but now they call it Reflections. When I was in school we usually did something at school that we submitted for the contest. Now it is all voluntary and you do it on your own at home. We didn't do it last year but I decided this year to ask Emma if she wanted to participate. Of course my crafty little girl said YES!
The theme this year was "Diversity Means....". You have the option of submitting a drawing/painting, photograph, dance, song, poem, etc. Pretty much any sort of artistic expression. Emma had just learned how to make those paper dolls that connect by the hands and really wanted to use that in her artwork. So all by herself she cut them out and then she picked out a poster board to put them on. She drew different faces on them all and for her submission she wrote how everyone is different in their own way. I was very proud of her and thought she did a great job all on her own. We turned it in and several months later when I had pretty much forgotten about it we found out she won third place in 1st Grade at her school for her artwork!
They had a ceremony for the winners at the school where she received a nice certificate and a fancy medal. Her favorite thing was that she also received a voucher for a free ice cream at lunch! The other cool thing was that her best friend Madison placed first in their grade so she was there too.