On Saturday, March 30th, George Washington Carver National Monument hosted approximately 225 people at a ceremony awarding certificates, ribbons, and trophies to regional fourth graders in recognition of their work in a park sponsored “Art and Essay” contest.
Students spent weeks preparing their entries, using creative writing and artistic expression to address the theme: “If I could spend the day with George Washington Carver…” Nearly 350 essays and 230 art projects were entered, representing 36 schools and approximately 70 classrooms.
Missouri Southern State University’s Department of Teacher Education partnered with the National Park Service and Carver Birthplace Association to carry out Art and Essay. Volunteers In Parks supported every aspect of the program. Partners and VIPs provided program logistics, presentations to classrooms, essay judging, certificate printing, art show preparation and judging, awards, and refreshments.
The audience was treated to refreshments and a photo session to celebrate the accomplishments of the hard-working students and teachers.