The purpose of the Coloring Contest is to discuss the picture and the theme at an appropriate level and interest of the children.
- Media and color used in the design is left to the discretion of the student.
- Winners are drawn in each category at random.
Local Coloring Contest
Determine the age group you wish to target.
Determine how to judge the winners. For coloring contests it is best to choose the winner by a random drawing. Coloring is a small muscle control skill and you do not know how much help the child received from others. There is very little creativity involved.
Create a design to use for the contest. 1) If you know a graphic designer or artist who would be willing to help you create the design, you may be able to get his/her services donated in exchange for recognition on each poster. 2) Check your local library, the librarian may be able to direct you to law-related artwork. 3) Find ideas in a magazine, coloring book, or in the clip art section of your computer. 4) Use the statewide coloring picture.
Get the design printed. Consider enlarging the design to 11 x 17. Again, you may be able to partner with a local printer and receive his/her services as a donation. Or, you can use a copy machine. Leave room on the design for the entrant's name, address, phone number, age, and grade, or attach sample contest entry form.
Determine the contest deadline. If you are inviting your winners to a follow-up event like an awards ceremony, make sure you allow ample time for them to RSVP.
Determine prizes. Start early and you'll have a good chance at getting your prizes donated. Think of sponsors that fit your targeted age group.
Determine how and where to distribute the designs. Again, depending on the targeted age group, you may want to mail/drop off entries at schools, churches, day-care centers, a local YMCA, neighborhood businesses, etc.
Invite your winners to an awards ceremony. Host the ceremony in a courtroom and invite local judges to participate so that the students learn about other aspects of the legal system that are associated with Law Day.
Notify local media of your event. Send the newspaper a copy of the winning entries and a photograph of the winners.
Evaluate your contest. Determine what worked and what didn't. Make notes and develop a timeline in case you want to do it again in the future.