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Valentine's Day Card Contest

Valentine's Day art contest The AFT is proud to partner with Save the Children (STC) on its campaign to end child poverty in the United States. For its 2011 campaign, Valentine’s Day cards designed by students that illustrate this year’s theme, Uniting a Generation, will be given as a gift with a donation to benefit Save the Children’s efforts to end child poverty in the U.S.

One of your student’s cards could be selected for the campaign! Students across the country are encouraged to design a Valentine’s Day card that illustrates one or more of the values needed to be successful in school and life and to help work to end childhood poverty in the U.S. Submitted cards will be voted on by children across the country. The top five vote getters will be turned into the STC Valentine’s Day cards and the winning artists will receive a $500 savings bond. The student who designs the card with the most votes overall will have an opportunity to meet Save the Children’s spokesperson, Julianne Moore. For a complete list of rules, prizes and information on how to enter the contest go to: http://k2kusa.org/page/-/2011%20Valentines%20Entry-Rules%20FINAL.PDF

We encourage all schools to get involved in this campaign and have provided activities for all grade levels to help you engage your students around the important values and virtues that are needed to help end child poverty in the U.S. and that will help all children build resiliency or the ability to successfully adapt despite challenging or threatening circumstances.  The child who exhibits resilience is able to overcome major adversity in his or her personal life to achieve success in school and in life.

Included in the activities are references to classic literature, movies, music and art. Many of the references come from past issues of the American Educator on teaching values. The quality and relevancy of these examples are timeless.

Many of you already teach these important values and do so through the use of more modern and diverse works. Please share your examples with us so that we can include them in this section as well. Fill out this quick survey and tell us what additional works you are using and why. If we post your recommendation on the Web site, we’ll send you a gift.

Save the Children and the American Federation of Teachers believe that for all children to be successful and productive citizens, key values must be taught, encouraged and nurtured throughout a child’s school career. These values are especially important for high-poverty students who are at a higher risk of dropping out of school. Researchers have found that children who exhibit resilience are able to overcome major adversity in their personal lives to achieve success. The values highlighted below are an important part of teaching resiliency to all children, especially high-poverty children.

The links below will take you to a variety of resources and activities to use with your students to help engage them around these values: