Blacksburg Hosts Lions Club sponsors International Peace Poster
The Blacksburg Host Lions Club sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster contest this year, and recognized 16 students at a recent club meeting. The theme for this year’s contest, “Imagine Peace,” drew the works of nearly 200 student entrants from Blacksburg Middle School.
Juliana Lee, a sixth grader, and Allison Wilson, a seventh grader at Blacksburg Middle School, both won first place and each received certificates and monetary awards from the Lions Club.
Wilson described her poster as a place where people join to make the world a better place.
“To me, peace means love, music, and harmony…If we all love and all try our world will be filled with peace,” wrote Wilson, who said she was happy and excited to have received first place.
The students used a variety of mediums, including charcoal, crayon, pencil and paint, to express the theme. The works created are unique and express the young artists’ life experiences and culture.
Some students, including sixth grader, Dawson Racek, incorporated musical images into their posters to depict their feelings of peace. Racek wrote, “Peace is a quiet, nice jazz band…” Racek earned an honorable mention for his efforts.
Lee and Wilson’s posters will go on to compete in the district and state contests.
The national winner will be announced on or before February 1 and will get $5,000. The winner will also compete in the international contest.
The Lions also presented a $200 check to Blacksburg Middle School art department to help defray the cost of art supplies.
Each year, Lions Clubs around the world proudly sponsors the Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups, encouraging young people to express their artistic vision of peace as well as expressing in words what peace means.
“Peace gets spread throughout our hallways, throughout our communities,” said Linda Olin, an art teacher at Blacksburg Middle School. “The project lends itself to discussing issues, such as bullying.
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– Submitted by Lois Caliri
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