The Shelton Community Lions Club is sponsoring its annual local Peace Poster Contest as part of a global competition. Lions Clubs International has sponsored the program for 26 years to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere, organizers said.
The contest, which closes Friday, is open to students 11-13 years old and is happening locally at Perry Hill School.
“It is obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them,” said Dave Haddad, president of the Shelton Lions Club, regarding the submissions from Perry Hill. “I’m so proud that we are able to provide them with the opportunity to share their visions.”
The posters will be judged by a panel of local judges for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, “Our World, Our Future.” In addition to first prize, prizes will be awarded for second and thirrd place and honorable mention. Prizes will be awarded at a pizza party to be held for winners and their parents on Nov. 4.
The local winner’s poster will advance through the district, multiple district and possibly, international levels of competition. One international grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of $5,000, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to a special award ceremony. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of $500.
Lions Clubs International is the world’s largest service club organization with more than 1.35 million members in 208 countries and geographical areas around the world. Since 1917, Lions clubs have aided the blind and visually impaired and made a commitment to community service and serving youth throughout the world.