REGISTRATION / INFO -- "My Favorite Bird" Art & Essay Awards

Date: Sat, Apr 29, 2017, 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Category: Program

Please Register/RSVP for the Awards BBQ below 'RULES FOR ENTRY'
All Essay & Art, winners, their families, teachers, and the general public are invited to attend.
What:    Art & Essay Awards Announcement Event / BBQ
Where: 621 SE Palm Beach Road, Stuart Fl 34994
When:  11AM to 2PM / SAT April 28th
Call with any questions -- 772-288-2637
Come admire the creative and artistic expression of our Martin County School District students (3rd, 4th & 5th Grades). This local event has become the largest of its kind in Florida, and represents an opportunity for families, friends and community to celebrate the efforts of our students. Awards will be given out in several categories. 
Make sure not to miss this event!
SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018, 11 AM

Mail or hand deliver entries to:
Audubon of Martin County
621 SE Palm Beach Road
Stuart, FL 34994
Phone: 772-288-2637
Cathy Reeder, Education Director

RSVP for Award Ceremony and BBQ by 4/20/2017
or phone number above

"My Favorite Bird" Essay and Art Contest is open to all Martin County public, private, and home-schooled students in Grades 3, 4, and 5.
• Students pretend that you are a certain Florida Bird (there's more than 400 native birds to pick from).
Suggested Resources: Cornell Lab & Audubon Field Guide.
Pretend that you are living in the bird's favorite habitat and describe it. Tell us what you look like and what kind of food you eat. Be sure to mention feather colors, size, and distinctive characteristics of yourself (as a bird).
• ***Written in student's own words: no plagiarizing from books or internet. We want information and individuality. Be original.

• Essays should be 200-350 words long.
• Judging criteria: Originality 50%; Scientific Accuracy 50%.
• Label each essay in lower right hand corner with student name, phone number, school, and teacher's name and grade.
• Please do not use binders, plastic inserts, or ribbons with essay presentations.
• Depict one of more than 400 native birds which live in or migrate through the state of Florida.
• Any medium may be used, i.e., chalk, crayon, watercolors, ink, papermache, oils, etc.
• Size 8 ½ inch X 11 inch on whatever paper or board works for medium used.
• Sculptures-no larger than 12 inch high and 12 inch wide.
• Judging criteria: Originality and Creativity 50%; Accurate portrayal of bird and habitat, including correct colors of feathers 50%.
• No photographs allowed.
Label each entry at lower right hand corner with student name, phone number, school, and teacher's name and grade.

Teachers are requested to include a list of participating students from your class and make sure all essays and artwork include printed student name, phone number, school, and teacher's name and grade in lower right hand corner of essay and artwork.
All participants will receive a "Certificate of Participation". Please be sure that each student submits a registration form so that we obtain their correct information. Phones numbers for each submission are important.
Prizes will be awarded at the Audubon of Martin County "My Favorite Bird" Awards Ceremony and BBQ on Saturday, April 28, 2017, at 11 am.
Prizes for Essay and Art Categories will include one Grand Prize overall, top winners in each category of Art/Essay and Grades 3, 4, and 5 will have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes. We are also having a "Best of School"Award. This ensures that there will be at least one winner from each and every school that participates.
Prizes include Binoculars, Bird Guides, Bird Houses, and other bird related surprises. All Essay & Art, winners, their families, teachers, and the general public are invited to attend.

Student winners will be notified through their teachers and/or through their contact number (as listed on the registration form).
We encourage all winners as well as all participants to attend the Awards Ceremony and BBQ. We anticipate a beautiful day to be enjoyed by all.

All entries will be returned at the Awards Ceremony or through the teachers. If necessary, Audubon of Martin County will hold entries for one week. A time for pickup can be arranged.

Audubon of Martin County is located at 621 SE Palm Beach Road, Stuart, FL., at the intersection of Palm Beach Road and 7th Street.
We will provide the BBQ and drinks. Sunscreen and hats are recommended as the event is held outside near the Butterfly Gardens at Possum Long Nature Center.

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