What would your students do with $2,500? The Champions for Health photo contest gives students the power to make big changes at their school that support health. Through photo essays classrooms submit health and wellness project proposals designed for kids by kids.
Using the activities in the Champions for Health curriculum, students think critically about their communities’ features, such as walking trails or broken sidewalks, safe playgrounds or blighted lots, schoolyard gardens or fast food restaurants. Students then create projects that promote student wellness, such as through the purchase of new playground balls, pedometers, fruit and vegetable tastings, nutrition education, school wellness council projects and more.
Contest Begins: August 1, 2018
Contest Ends: December 7, 2018
Winners Notified: January 2018
Youth Summit and Award Ceremony: Spring 2019
This year, we’re offering 24 prizes:
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. Also, in Missouri Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte counties may participate. Winning classrooms are expected to use funds for student led wellness projects in the school.
Sample Photo Essays:
Classrooms will describe their wellness projects through photos and captions that answer the following questions:
Classrooms can submit between one and four photos to answer each of the questions. Photos can include areas in the school that need improvements, student drawings or sketches of student ideas, the people who can help them succeed, photos of kids and community members their project will benefit. Classrooms are encouraged to be creative as long as the photos are not photoshopped or digitally altered.