Entries now being accepted for 2022 George Washington Carver National Monument 3rd & 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest

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DIAMOND, Mo. – George Washington Carver National Monument, in partnership with the Department of Teacher Education at Missouri Southern State University, the Spiva Center for the Arts, and the Carver Birthplace Association announces the George Washington Carver National Monument 3rd and 4th Grade Art and Essay Contest.

Open to 3rd and 4th graders, Art and Essay encourages artistic expression and trait-based essay writing, centered on the theme: Kindness, which is derived from George Washington Carver’s advice that a kind student, “…takes his (or her) share of the world and lets others have theirs,” from his Eight Cardinal Virtues letter.

Students are invited to explore this theme to create art and write essays. Entry deadline is February 25th, 2022. An awards ceremony will be held April 2, 2022. Roary the Lion from Missouri Southern State University will be there to congratulate the students! New this year: each first place winner will become a park ranger for a day and work with park rangers in the visitor center!

Teachers can access the information packet online at https://www.nps.gov/gwca/learn/education/art-and-essay-contest.htm.  For further information or to schedule a virtual visit with a park ranger, please call 417-325-4151 or email GWCA_interpretation@nps.gov.

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