Connecting your school food program to the classroom increases food literacy among students. Though curriculum change is challenging, many teachers will respond to activities that they can easily incorporate into existing lessons. Art contests are an especially easy way to work with teachers (art teachers in particular if the district has them). When planning an art contest, we recommend incorporating a theme such as Harvest of the Month.
What is Harvest of the Month?
Harvest of the Month is an ongoing event that encourages students to become engaged in the importance of local food including its seasonality and sustainability. Each month, the district features a different fruit or vegetable that reflects the growing season in your state. Understanding our agricultural footprint is vital to the future of our kids’ health and our planet.
Start your Harvest of the Month planning by designating a featured fruit or vegetable for every month of the school year. We suggest incorporating these foods into your monthly menu so that kids can experience the produce in a real meal situation. Take advantage of our Recipes section as well as our Harvest of the Month collector cards, posters. and sticker to help with your program.
Types of Art Contests
Calendar Art Contest
Enhance your menu calendar with original student artwork. You can adapt our guidelines to any theme you’d like, but we encourage a Harvest of the Month campaign to instill the values of local, seasonality, and sustainability.
Here are examples from Boulder Valley School District of menu calendars for both primary and secondary schools. You can work with a graphic designer or print shop to develop your own menu calendar template.
Poster Art Contest
Add one-of-a-kind artwork to your cafeteria walls by engaging your students in a Harvest of the Month poster contest. Display the winning posters in all cafeterias throughout the district.
Documents and Resources
- Art Contest Planning How-To Guide: This guide covers every aspect of planning—from communication to sponsorship to printing.
- Sponsorship Letters
- Calendar Contest Sponsorship Letter: Sponsorship is important to fund the printing and prizing. Send this letter to your existing vendors and local businesses.
- Poster Contest Sponsorship Letter: Sponsorship is important to fund the printing and prizing. Send this letter to your existing vendors and local businesses.
- Art Contest Announcement Letter: Announce your art contest to administration to encourage participation from art teachers.
- Art Contest Winner Selection Letter: Announce the art contest winners to all of the participants with this letter.
- Art Contest Sponsor Thank You Letter: Send this letter to your art contest sponsors along with a copy of the winning art.
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