The McDuffie County Partners for Success is looking for a distinguished young artist to put in the spotlight. The group is sponsoring a billboard art contest for all McDuffie County students. The winning entry will be displayed on a billboard in Thomson. Entries will address the problems of tobacco use, and should include a slogan or theme designed to encourage their peers not to use tobacco products.
The contest is part of the Rural Health Outreach Grant that eight counties have received to promote healthy choices and healthy living. According to Kym Snyder, assistant director of Partners for Success, the grant covers a "gamut of health related issues such as not smoking, not using drugs, good nutrition, and exercise."
Ms. Snyder said a youth council will be set up in each of the schools to develop a project for the grant.
"The billboard art contest is our group community project. Hopefully it will be an annual thing," she said.
Any McDuffie County student from kindergarten through 12th grade is invited to participate. All entries must be submitted to Partners for Success by Sept. 30. In addition to being displayed on a billboard, the winner will also receive $50 cash.
"(The judges will) basically be looking for something that will be catchy," Ms. Snyder said. "Something that's attractive to the eye, a catchy phrase, something that will get the message out there that it doesn't pay to use tobacco products."
Sharon Baker, a parapro who teaches art at Norris Elementary, said she will give the children class time in art to work on the project.
"I think it's awesome. I've all ready discussed it with some of the kids, and they think it's awesome," Ms. Baker said.
For more information and submission details, students can talk with their homeroom teacher, or call the Partners for Success office at 595-0467.