The theme for 2015’s Art, Poetry and Essay Contest is “My Feelings and Me!” The idea for this year’s theme came out of the Toolbox Project. The Toolbox Project is a program aimed at teaching children to master their emotions and interact more successfully with other people. Below is an excerpt from their mission statement:
The Toolbox Project gives children, teachers, parents, and schools a common language and the Tools necessary to form a cohesive, collaborative, non-violent, and caring community, which leads to hope for a meaningful and positive future.”
The Art, Poetry and Essay Contest is open to all fourth and fifth graders in the Berkeley Unified School District. Students are invited to express their ideas through art, poetry, or essay. Students may submit work in more than one category. Cash prizes and medals will be awarded at the Awards Ceremony, which will be held at LeConte Elementary School on Thursday April 23, 2015. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention in all three categories for both 4th and 5th graders.