K-12th-grade students may enter statewide Coastal Art & Poetry Contest by Jan. 31

The California Coastal Commission invites California students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit artwork or poetry with a California-coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest.
The contest is often used as a “vacation assignment” for students visiting the coast, thinking about their last visit to the coast, looking at coastal photos/videos or dreaming about one day visiting the coast. The contest encourages students to creatively present their thoughts in artwork or poetry.
Up to 10 winners will be selected to win $100-gift certificates to an art-supply or book store. Each winner’s sponsoring teacher will receive a $50-gift certificate for educational supplies courtesy of Acorn Naturalists. All winners and honorable mentions will receive tickets for their families to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific. Students may have their work featured on the commission’s website and materials. Winning entries will also be exhibited throughout the state. Entries must be postmarked by Jan. 31 to be eligible for the upcoming contest.
The 2012 winners and honorable mentions are currently on exhibit at Crystal Cove State Park beach cottage #46 for about one more week, followed by the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center in Ventura in January.
Contest rules and an entry form may be found by visiting coastal.ca.gov/publiced/poster/poster.html or coastforyou.org, emailing coast4u@coastal.ca.gov or calling (800) Coast-4U.

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