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Re: Beware of contests

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Christine Merriam (
Tue, 08 Dec 1998 09:47:11 -0700

>>>I feel the same way about many of the contests offered for children's art. I
feel it is a sneaky way to exploit children and its an inexpensive way
leaches to decorate businesses, offices, banks, schools etc.
recently I was offered a drunk driving poster contest. I through it in
garbage, children do not drink and drive. The contest should be offered
to AA

I used to enter my students artwork in contests, but it seemed like it
was a LOT of work for very little return. The major contest we entered
has become so restricted, I decided not to participate any more.

Kids do have some awesome things to say about drunk driving and
substance abuse. A community Public Health worker asked me to have my
students make posters for the clinic. We did it, and the posters were
laminated and are still used and rotated in the clinic. It is amazing to
me how powerful their messages are.
The down side of it was, every kid seemed to have a story to tell me,
and I am not a professional therapist... it was overwhelming. I will
only do it again if I have a counselor present to help listen to the

Christine Merriam
Kayenta Intermediate School