2022 Art and Essay Contest for 3rd and 4th Graders
Based on George Washington Carver's quote, giving advice that a kind student "...takes his (or her) share of the world and lets other people have theirs."
Teachers, your students are invited to enter original artwork or essays based on the theme and quote. The contest is open to 3rd & 4th graders. Winners become park rangers for a day! Entry deadline is March 9th.
George Washington Carver National Monument preserves the birthplace and childhood home of the renowned scientist and educator. George Washington Carver was a prolific writer and creative artist. This contest strengthens writing skills and encourages artistic expression.
Theme - Kindness, based on George Washington Carver’s quote from his Eight Cardinal Virtues letter: “…who takes his share of the world and lets others have theirs.”
Entry Rules and Submission
Art judges are artists, art educators, and others interested in youth art. Art is judged on theme expression, originality, technical ability, creativity. An art show will be set up in the visitor center beginning March 14th. Essay judges are pre-service teachers, retired educators, authors, and others interested in youth writing. Essay judging is based on the 6+1 traitwriting scoring guide (see below).
An awards ceremony and reception is set for April 2nd, 2022. First place winners receive a biography of George Washington Carver and get to be a park ranger for a day! Their teacher also receives a biography. 1st-3rd place winners receive a ribbon, and all participants receive a certificate. Special guest: Roary the Lion from Missouri Southern State University will join the awards fun! Get your photo taken with Roary!
- Eight Cardinal Virtues letter (included)
- Carver the Artist lesson plans (call or email to have this sent to you)
- Film (12 min.): George Washington Carver, A Man of Character https://www.nps.gov/gwca/learn/education/curriculummaterials.htm
- Virtual Visits with park rangers and Volunteers to discuss the theme
This contest is generously supported by:
Send Submissions To:
For questions, call 417-325-4151
George Washington Carver National Monument
5646 Carver Road
Diamond, Missouri 64840