The Whitesburg and Neon Community Lions Clubs are promoting the Lions Clubs International Peace Poster Contest in all Letcher County Schools, which have students that will be either 11, 12 or 13 years old as of Nov. 15. A winner will be announced from each school.
The Lions Club will award each winner from the schools that it is sponsoring with a $50 check. After the local level, there are three more levels of competition, Lions District 43-Y, (eastern Kentucky), Multiple District 43 (Kentucky) and Lions Clubs International (the world).
Each year, Lions Clubs around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. In 25 years, more than four million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest.
The theme of the 2012- 13 Peace Poster Contest is “Imagine Peace.” Students, ages 11, 12 or 13 years old on Nov. 15 are eligible to participate.
Each year’s art contest for kids consists of an original theme incorporating peace. Participants use a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists’ life experiences and culture.
Twenty-four international finalists are selected each year, representing the work of more than 350,000 young participants worldwide. Posters are shared globally via the Internet, the media and exhibits around the world.
International winners will be notified on or before Feb. 1.
One international grand prize winner will receive $5,000 and a trip to a special award ceremony with the sponsoring club president and two family members at Lions Day with the United Nations.
Each of the 23 merit award winners will receive a cash award of $500 and a certificate of achievement.
Past Peace Poster Contest grand prize winners have come from Brazil, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Martinique, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Multiple District 300 Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
For more information, call 630-203-3812.