Renee Tuggle, Adopt-A-Beach Coordinator, shows Land Commissioner George P. Bush previous art submissions in the annual Children's Art Contest due March 1 this year.

Children’s art contest celebrates beauty of Texas

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Renee Tuggle, Adopt-A-Beach Coordinator, shows Land Commissioner George P. Bush previous art submissions in the annual Children's Art Contest due March 1 this year.

Renee Tuggle, Adopt-A-Beach Coordinator, shows Land Commissioner George P. Bush previous art submissions in the annual Children’s Art Contest due March 1 this year.

The 21st annual Adopt a Beach Children’s Art Contest is for kids but the prizes will make parents smile. Top prize includes two round trip coach seat tickets on United Airlines, one 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International and a class party at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels.

This year’s theme is Treasures of the Texas Coast and the deadline is Wednesday, March 1 to submit entries.

The contest is open to students in K-6 with one entry allowed per student and all entries must have a completed parental release form taped to the back. The forms are available at TexasAdoptABeach.org. All entries must be postmarked by March 1.

“Our vast coastline is truly a Texas treasure, yet many students across the state have not yet had the opportunity to see it up close,” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said. “The Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest is a great opportunity for kids across Texas to explore the coast and express their appreciation for its natural beauty and exotic wildlife in a creative manner. As a father and a former educator, I encourage parents and teachers to inspire students in kindergarten through 6th grade to participate.”

This is the third year Bush will select the grand prize winner.

Winning artwork will appear together in a 2018 calendar, which will be distributed across the state.

The Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest began in 1996 to mark the 10th anniversary of the Adopt-A-Beach Program. The annual competition encourages Texas schoolchildren to learn more about the Texas coast and express what they’ve learned through their art.

The grand prize winner’s teacher will also receive two round-trip coach-class tickets from United Airlines, and one 7-night Caribbean cruise courtesy of Royal Caribbean International.

Ten winners will be chosen from each of four grade-level categories (K – 2nd, 3rd – 4th, 5th, and 6th). One grand prize winner will be chosen from the 40 finalists.

All 40 winners will receive a ticket to the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, a ticket to the Houston Zoo, two all-day passes to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in New Braunfels, a certificate of recognition and prizes from the Texas General Land Office and a calendar displaying the winning artwork.

Artwork must be displayed on a plain sheet of white 8 1/2-inches by 11-inch paper and can be in any medium except computer generated. Three-dimensional art or artwork displaying logos, product brands and/or store names is ineligible. Students are encouraged to color copy their artwork prior to sending it in because all artwork submitted becomes property of the Texas General Land Office and cannot be returned.

For more information and contest guidelines on the Treasures of the Texas Coast 2017 Children’s Art Contest, please contact the General Land Office at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit their website at TexasAdoptABeach.org.

Story by Karolyn Gephart