TOWNSEND – Local residents associated with veterans are asking elementary school students to use their artistic talents to depict what they see when they think of America.
The VFW Auxiliary to Townsend Post No. 6538, in conjunction with the VFW Auxiliary Department of Massachusetts and the national VFW Auxiliary, is sponsoring the Illustrating America Art Contest for students in grades 3-5.
Those looking to participate should complete an application form with signatures from the student’s teacher, supervisory adult, parent, or guardian.
Children participating must use two-dimensional art to describe their view of America. The art should be on a canvas or paper and done with watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen, ink, oil, marker or glitter. Canvas entries should be submitted on stretcher frames or canvas board, while other entries must be matted in white or reinforced with heavy paper. The art should be no smaller than 8 inches by 10 inches but no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches, not including the mat. Art should not be framed.
First place comes with a $30 prize, second place comes with a $20 prize and third place comes with a $10 prize. The winner of the local contest will be entered into the VFW Auxiliary Department of Massachusetts competition where $100 will be awarded to the first place winner and $50 will be given to the second place finisher. The winning entry in the state competition will be advanced to the national auxiliary competition, where a $100 gift card will be awarded to the first place entry, a $50 gift card for the second place entry and a $25 gift card for third place.
The deadline for entries is March 31.
Entry forms are available in local schools. Betty Mae Tenney, president of the Auxiliary, is available to receive entries for the contest and can be reached at 978-597-6495 or 978-665-4026.