We received a fantastic response to this year’s chalk art contest and want to thank everyone who took advantage of this opportunity to take a little break, head outside in the sunshine, get some chalk, and talk with young people about the importance of laws in our society and the rule of law. You will see from the winning entries just a small sampling of the creative ways lawyers, parents and teachers used the contest to engage kids and make them think about their community and the real-life, day-to-day ways that the rule of law shows up, helping them understand what the rule of law means in a concrete way in their everyday life.
It was tough, but we selected six winning entries and three honorable mentions from all of the awesome entries received.
According to this Central Dauphin School District teacher, “The PBA Law Day Chalk Art Contest was a great jumping-off point to discuss laws and rules with my fourth-grade students. We had many thought-provoking discussions on why we need laws, the ways laws and rules affect our lives and communities, and how laws are made. The students were extremely excited to join in on this contest to show their fantastic art skills and share what they have learned about the law and why we need to follow laws.” And we are excited to announce they have been chosen as one of the winning entries!
PBA member Keli M. Neary and her two daughters talked about rules and safety and then drew themselves safely walking in a crosswalk while a bus is stopped at a stop sign.
Thank you to Stroudsburg Junior High School teachers who gathered 6 classes of students to talk about the Rule of Law and then draw what it means to them. The school selected their “building champion” to share with us and enter into the contest. We agree, this one is a winner, but, really, we think all the students and teachers who participated and celebrated Law Day 2021 are winners!
We selected this entry from a Graphic Design Major at Temple who combined her love for artistic expression with her love for her attorney dad, PBA member Mike Routh, to come up with this entry for the Rule of Law chalk art contest.
Eight neighborhood kids, ranging in age from 4 to 17, four attorneys and one state trooper got together one Sunday afternoon to talk about why the rule of law is important. The youth gave examples of rules they have to follow at home, at school, and in the community then had fun drawing the large chalk art with symbols of the law in their community.Thank you to PBA members Lisa Benzie and Amy Groff for gathering this group!
Proving it is never too early to start talking with young people about the rule of law, freedoms, equal rights, responsibilities and treating all people with respect and dignity, PBA member Lauren Burke talked with her children ages seven, five and two while they had fun drawing what these important actions mean to them.
Honorable mention goes to…
Five Homer-Center High School Art students participated in the Law Day Art Contest. They collectively chose the theme: " The Law is Equal for Everyone and Everyone Must Follow the Law"
This AP US Government and Politics, and Civics and Government teacher at Athens Area High School, was inspired by the Chalk Art Contest. She noted that amidst the pandemic which has provided so many challenges, she was grateful for this opportunity and encouragement to take students outside, enjoy the sun and talk about laws and the impact on our lives. This was a wonderful and fun time to reflect, engage and learn. These four young men drew a flag and then said the Pledge of Allegiance.
What do judges do? Well, if you ask PBA member Jen Coatsworth’s 10-year-old son, one of the things a judge does is "shed light on the law."
We loved seeing all of these chalk art entries celebrating Law Day. It’s the sum of all the little moments we each have throughout every day that add up and make a difference. We all can have conversations about everyday life events to help educate youth about civics, the rule of law, justice, equity, compassion and more.
Thank you to everyone who took time to talk with young people about the law and enter drawings in our PBA 2021 Law Day Chalk Art Contest!