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Chanukah Coloring Contest during COVID

The Intermountain Jewish News is gearing up for its 34th annual IJN-Doris Sky Chanukah Coloring Contest amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Changes in rules are designed to accomodate the creative talents of young people during the pandemic.

Chanukah begins Friday, Dec. 11, with the lighting of the first candle in the evening, prior to lighting Shabbat candles.

Precautions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic will be accommodated. The invitation to children, grades K-6, to enter the contest remains as enthusiastic as always, says Larry Hankin, contest coordinator and IJN associate editor.

“We realize that students may be spending more time at home this year, so we encourage this as a home project. Children can artistically express their feelings and impressions about the festival of Chanukah at this time,” says Hankin.

“Perhaps ‘Chanukah during COVID may emerge as a theme.

“Of course, the timeless symbolism and celebratory nature of the holiday will continue to inspire the young artists, as they have for the past 33 years.”

As always, day school and religious school teachers throughout the Rocky Mountain West are given the opportunity to encourage their students — whether the students are physically in the classroom or learning remotely.

Deadline for entries to be received at the IJN office is 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23.

Winning entries in each of the grade categories — K-1, 2-3 and 4-6 — will be published in the Dec. 4, 2020, IJN Chanukah edition.

Although winners are determined in each age category, the name of every child who enters the contest will be recognized in the IJN Chanukah edition.

Winners in each category will be awarded certificates.

To enter, simply follow these requirements:

• Give your artistic interpretation of Chanukah on an 8 1/2”x11” sheet of paper — or on the computer screen.

• If your entry is not digital, feel free to use any colorful medium — markers, crayons, watercolors, pencils, paper collage — but no glitter or confetti, please!

• Art created on a computer may be printed on an 8 1/2”x11” sheet of paper, or submitted digitally to the IJN.

• Art must be original. Entries created from kits will be disqualified.

• Three categories: 1.) Grades K-1; 2.) Grades 2-3; 3.) Grades 4-6.

• All artwork must be a child’s own work.

• Each entry must be accompanied by the contestant’s name, age, address, school, synagogue affiliation (if any) grade and phone number on a separate sheet of paper, attached to the entry.

This year, art not created on a computer may also be scanned or photographed, and saved as a PDF file, then emailed to lucy@ijn.com, by the deadline of 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23. Do not write your name on your entry. Judges are not allowed to know the identities of the student artists. All entries are judged blindly.

You can also enter using the form below.

Original hard copies of the entries also may be delivered to the IJN office by US mail or dropped off curbside. The address is 1177 Grant St., Suite 200, Denver, CO 80203.

For curbside drop-off, simply call the IJN, 303-861-2234, from the parking lot on the south side of the building, and a masked IJN staff member will come to your car to receive the entry.

The child’s identity will not be revealed to the judges until after the winners are determined.

Information: IJN Associate Editor Larry Hankin, 303-981-2234 or larry@ijn.com.

Chanukah Coloring Contest Entry Form

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