Poster and Story Contest Celebrates 70 Years of Kindness and Creativity
Winners of the 2019 Be Kind to Animals Poster and Story Contest were celebrated at the “A’Cat’Emy Awards” on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the Oregon Humane Society. This is the 70th year for the contest that honors young people who use their creative talents to promote kindness and compassion toward animals.
During the awards ceremony, students displayed their artwork and read their essays to the audience of parents, teachers and volunteers.
The contest drew close to 2,000 entries this year from schools throughout Oregon and SW Washington.
Alaina Tarr from Pacific Crest Middle School in Bend, OR took the Grand Prize in the poster category. Her thoughtful poster illustrates the many ways to help animals in need. Landon Singh, from Faith Bible Christian School in Hillsboro, won the Grand Prize in the story category for his touching essay about how his pets are part of the family. “Family is always there, every day, no matter what. Family is a bond that can’t be broken. I always think that I am giving them a good life, but it’s actually them giving me a GREAT life.”
“The OHS Education team is so grateful to all of the teachers who asked their students to reflect on what it means to treat animals with kindness and compassionate, and then turn those reflections into beautiful works of both visual and written art,” says Rachel Gene, OHS Humane Education Manager. “With all that teachers have on their plates, it means a great deal to us that they made humane education part of their classroom curriculums and helped to support the Oregon Humane Society’s mission to foster kinder, more compassionate communities.”