The American Red Cross is announcing a youth art contest to raise awareness about measles across the world.
Each day measles kills an estimated 540 people, mostly children. But there is good news — it costs less than $1 to vaccinate a child against measles, and the measles initiative has helped reduce measles deaths by 74 percent worldwide by vaccinating millions of children.
“This is one of the most cost-effective health interventions available,” said Cara Sloman, Grand Canyon Chapter emergency services supervisor. “There’s really no reason for so many young children to be dying from this preventable disease. We hope this contest will get people thinking about how simple it is to save a life.”
The Red Cross invites youth in grades K-12 and young adults in college to participate in an art contest to raise awareness about measles and prevention. Students should submit work that reflects the following theme: The Measles Initiative — Celebrating a Child’s Best Shot at a Healthy Life.
Requirements: Works will be accepted in the form of painting, pencil or crayon drawing, graphic art or photography. All artwork must be 8.5-by-11 inches without a mat or frame.
Participants and judging:
Each participating Red Cross will select a local winner in four categories including elementary school, middle school, high school and university. Entries will be judged on creativity, originality and representation of contest theme.
The winners will be invited to the chapter in Phoenix for a tour and luncheon. Additionally, artwork from the elementary, middle and high school winners will be submitted to the American National Red Cross for a chance at a $100 Amazon.com gift card. Four top designs will be used on greeting cards or postcards.
Timeframe: All artwork must be submitted by 1 p.m., Oct. 9. Participants can submit their artwork by mail to 6135 N. Black Canyon Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85015. Include attention of Michelle Tanner/Hilary Olner.
To learn more about the initiative, visit www.measlesinitiative.org.