7 Things to know now about the Champions for Health photo contest

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Champions for Health gives students the power to speak out and make big changes for healthier schools with a photo contest this fall and youth advocacy summit set for March 10, 2020. Here are 7 things teachers need to know now:

1. Entries are being accepted now through December 6. Students work together as a class to create a photo essay that describes a health and wellness project they would complete or continue to raise money for if they win.

2. This year, we’re offering 18 Honorable Mention Awards ($100), 5 First Place Awards ($1,000) and 1 Grand Prize ($2,500). In winning entries from last year, students proposed new basketball goals, walking path improvements, an incentive program for a walking school bus, a garden makeover and more.

3. Our free Champions for Health Program Guide helps teachers steer the process as kids think critically about their communities’ features, such as walking trails or broken sidewalks, safe playgrounds or blighted lots, schoolyard gardens or fast food restaurants.

4. Classrooms will describe their projects in terms of what problem it will fix, how much it will cost, how it will make their school a more healthy environment, what help is needed from adults, what barriers they need to work through, and why the project is important to them. These questions are all included in the submission form. Classrooms can submit between one and four photos to answer each question. Want help? Email Michelle Dake, our youth advocacy director, to schedule a free teacher training and get personalized help with your photo contest submission.
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5. Photos can include areas in the school that need improvement, student drawings or sketches of student ideas, the people who can help them succeed, photos of kids and community members their project will benefit. Students are encouraged to be creative as long as the photos are not photo shopped or digitally altered.

6. The contest is open to classrooms for grades three through eight and summer school programs in incorporated schools in Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties in Missouri. Winning classrooms are expected to use funds for student-led wellness projects in the school. Get Details

7. In addition to cash prizes, winners are invited to attend the Champions for Health Youth Summit, where they will hone their advocacy skills, meet with their elected officials, and make a pitch for the $2,500 grand prize.

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