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Announcing the 2021 Winners of Alisal USD Art and Poetry Contest

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Announcing the 2021 Winners of Alisal USD Art and Poetry Contest

The Alisal Union School District is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 Art and Poetry contest, open to all Alisal students. In a year besieged by challenges, students stepped up and created heartfelt pieces that spoke of their heartbreaks and lessons learned. The art and poetry pieces demonstrate the resiliency and creativity of these young artists. 

Art and poetry offer important avenues of expression for everyone, young and old. And what better way to celebrate National Poetry Month! The contest “This is what the Pandemic means to me” provided Alisal students an outlet to convey the complex emotions this world wide phenomenon provoked in everyone.

Winners were selected in two categories and three grade groups. Categories were poetry and art in grade groups TK-2, 3-4 and 5-6. Finalists were selected by teams of teachers and administrators at each of Alisal USD 12 schools. Announcing the forty winners on Day of the Child is the District’s way to honor all our children. To see the winners and their pieces, click here

The themes that emerged were remarkable: students were sad to be away from school, but happy to be spending time with their families. In many pieces, children depicted the world covered with a facemask, which demonstrates their concern for the planet and the global impact of the pandemic. Whether in haiku or traditional poems, children expressed boredom and understanding, fear and gratefulness, caution and whimsy, and, above all, a deep sense of loss. 

Students will be receiving a medal at a special ceremony before the end of the school year. Thanks to the generosity of Alisal Salinas Rotary, the students will also receive a $25 gift certificate. 

In recognizing these students and their creations there is a wish to encourage them to continue finding ways of creative expression to build resilience and to reflect on their lives and the world they live in. 

Congratulations, poets and artists! Never stop creating!