Students invited to enter Christmas card contest

Garrett Brockway was in fourth grade at Notre Dame Elementary School in Burlington when he drew this Nativity scene for the 2012 Catholic Messenger Christmas Card Contest. His unfinished drawing was discovered by his parents, Tiffini and Bruce, this past summer while cleaning out his desk and locker at school. Garrett died Feb. 27, 2013, several days after an accident outside his home. With permission from his parents, the drawing is being used to promote the Messenger’s 2013 Christmas card contest.

We invite youths in grades K-6 attending school or religious education in our diocese to participate in the annual contest to create a 2013 Christmas card for The Catholic Messenger.
Drawings should be done on white, 8 ½- by 11-inch paper in colored pencil, crayon, marker or paints. Please submit original artwork only; no black and white drawings.
The artwork should focus on the religious nature of Christmas. If using yellow, please use a deep yellow or make sure it is surrounded by a dark color. Yellow is hard to reproduce.
The contest, which has a Nov. 22 postmark deadline, is open to youths living or attending school in the Diocese of Davenport.
Messenger staff members will judge the entries based on originality and the ability to convey what Christmas means to Catholic Christians.
Entries must include first and last name, age, grade, home address, school (public, private or home school with the school’s location) and parish (name and city) on the back of the drawing. Please do not fold entries.
Any information omitted could be grounds for disqualification.
Winning entries will be featured in The Catholic Messenger’s Christmas edition (Dec. 19). The drawings also will be featured on The Catholic Messenger Web site: www.catholicmessenger.net.
All entries should be postmarked by Nov. 22 to The Catholic Messenger, 780 W. Central Park Ave., Davenport, IA 52804-1901.

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