George Washington Carver hosted an awards ceremony on Saturday, March 10th, for the annual George Washington Carver art and essay contest. A crowd nearing 400 students, family members, teachers, and park VIPs gathered to recognize the work of fourth graders.
The contest was developed over 20 years ago in partnership with the Carver Birthplace Association and Missouri Southern State University in Joplin as a Black History Month emphasis.
Teachers and students are competitive and submit their best work for this program, which addresses grade level curriculum through the life story of George Washington Carver. This year, 675 students from within a 75 mile radius of the park created original artwork and imaginative essays based on the theme: “If George Washington Carver came to my school…”
The contest shares the story of George Washington Carver with young people, fosters stewardship of park resources as teachers plan field trips in support of the program, and brings new audiences to the park.