Red Cross offers art contest
High school art students in Leavenworth County and art students attending St. Mary College have an opportunity to help the American Red Cross creatively promote Leavenworth County pride, and be recognized for their artistic talent.
The Leavenworth County Chapter of the American Red Cross has begun its first lapel pin contest.
Letters were mailed to art teachers at the seven Leavenworth County high schools and to St. Mary College during the week of Oct. 31, inviting their students to participate in the contest.
Jo Burkett, executive director of the Leavenworth County Chapter of the American Red Cross, stated, "This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to participate in public service, and take pride in where they live and go to school. Their efforts will have a great impact on the Red Cross' efforts to educate the public about the services it provides 365 days a year."
The contest is quite significant because the Leavenworth County Chapter has never had a chapter pin.
The lapel pin has two goals: first, to be a visible reminder that Red Cross volunteers are neighbors, and second, to display Leavenworth County pride by creating a pin design that is representative of the county.
The chapter will use the pin to build support for the Red Cross, to thank its volunteers, and as a fundraising tool.
Contest entrants need only submit a rendering of their pin design, not a mock-up of the actual pin.
According to contest guidelines, all artwork must be delivered to the Leavenworth County Chapter of the American Red Cross, 525 Shawnee, Leavenworth no later than 3 p.m., Jan. 22.
It is against American Red Cross regulations to have any fonts, pictures or designs underneath or on top of the Red Cross symbol.
The pin design must depict something that is representative of Leavenworth County and pin size cannot exceed 1 inch in diameter, however, it may be smaller.
A red cross must be used somewhere in the pin design but the red cross can not be put on any background other than pure white.
The winning design may be modified to meet graphic standards.
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