Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 Be Smart-Don't Start Anti-Tobacco Poster and Multimedia Contest
The deadline for all entries is extended to March 14! Don't miss your chance to win an iPad, gift card or trophy!
According to the Oklahoma Department of Health, tobacco is the state's leading cause of preventable death, killing more Oklahomans each year than alcohol, auto accidents, AIDS, suicides, murders and illegal drugs combined.
That is why Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma and our community partners are teaming up to help educate elementary students about the dangers of tobacco through our 11th annual "Be Smart–Don't Start Anti-Tobacco Poster and Multimedia Contest."
Parents and teachers of kindergarten through 5th grade students can download our free curriculum and contest guide to teach simple, yet effective lessons on tobacco awareness. The guide also includes contest rules and an official poster entry form. Students can then create their own anti-tobacco message, through a colorful poster drawing or multimedia entry, for a chance to win great prizes.
Students may enter in the following grade categories:
- Kindergarten & 1st grade
- 2nd & 3rd grade
- 4th & 5th grade
Prizes will be awarded in each grade:
- First Place - $100 gift card and trophy
- Second Place - $75 gift card and trophy
- Third Place - $50 gift card and trophy
One overall grand prize winner will win an iPad and trophy. Teachers of winning students will receive a gift card that equals the dollar amount of their student’s prize. If a winning entry is a class project, the prize is awarded to the classroom teacher.
Download your contest entry form and curriculum guide here.
Be Smart-Don't Start Contest Rules
What is the Be Smart–Don't Start Poster and Multimedia Contest?
A poster and multimedia art entries contest in which students explain why people should never use tobacco.
Who can participate?
Elementary students in kindergarten through 5th grade in public, private and home schooled settings.
When is the contest?
The deadline for all entries is extended to March 14.
Contest Categories and Submission:
- Use the back of the contest entry form to create a poster about why it is smart to never start using tobacco. Create a poster that is easy to understand, and draw colorful pictures to illustrate the message. Please avoid using copyright characters. If facts are used, they must be accurate. Be creative! Posters will be accepted on the back of the contest entry form OR an 11 x 17 sheet of paper only.
- Fill out the entry form included in the free curriculum and contest guide and turn it in with your entry.
- All entries must be received no later than March 14, 2014 to be eligible. Send poster entries to the following address:
Be Smart–Don't Start! Anti-Tobacco Contest
c/o Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
3817 Northwest Expressway, Suite 300
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-1465
- An individual student or entire class can create a 30-second video or record an audio jingle about the importance of being tobacco free. Submissions will be judged on the creativity and originality of the theme "Be Smart - Don't Start". Tobacco-related facts used in submissions should be accurate and verifiable.
- All entries must be received by March 14, 2014.
How to upload a multimedia entry.
- Click on the following link and open in new window: dropbox.com
- Click on "Sign In" and enter the following information
- The new Dropbox page shows you several folders. Open the folder that is named "BSDS multimedia".
- Click the Upload button from the very top of the window.
- A window will appear. Click the Choose File button and then select the file on your computer that you'd like to add to your Dropbox.
- Choose as many files as you like, and then click the Start Upload button. You must also mail in an entry form with the name of the multimedia file you uploaded written at the top.
The window will disappear, your files will start uploading, and you'll be shown a progress indicator. That's it; you've added files to Dropbox!
What happens next?
- Judges will choose a winner in three grade categories (K - 1st, 2nd - 3rd and 4th -5th grade) and one overall winner. Entries will be judged on clarity and effectiveness of message, artistic merit, editing, accuracy and creativity. All winners will be notified approximately six weeks after contest ends.