Drawing by 2009 finalist Vanessa Molisee, 5th grade
The Humane Society of the United States is hosting an art contest for all students K-12 with the theme: A Tribute to Chimpanzee Sanctuaries. Entries must be received by December 17. Two grand prize winners will each receive an iPod Touch, and 6 finalists will each receive $25. If the grand prize winner’s entry was coordinated by a teacher, the teacher will receive a $500 gift certificate for school supplies. For more information and official rules, see the HSUS website.
The contest calls attention to the plight of many chimpanzees currently undergoing experimentation in laboratories across the US. The hope is to retire these chimpanzees to sanctuaries so they can live out the rest of their lives in peace.
The 2008 decal artwork was created by Austin Bynon, a student from West Boca Raton Community High School.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is inviting all Florida students in grades 9-12 to submit artwork for the 2011-2012 manatee decals. The decals will be available to Florida residents when they donate 5 or more dollars to the Save the Manatee Trust Fund. The funds raised will go towards manatee rescue and rehabilitation, research, and public awareness.
Florida schools may submit up to 5 pieces of original student artwork by January 28. For the complete rules and more information about the contest, see: MyFWC.com.
The Florida manatee, a subspecies of the West Indian manatee, is an herbivorous mammal that inhabits the shallow coastal waters, rivers, and springs of Florida and neighboring states. It is considered endangered. November is Manatee Awareness Month in Florida.