Students in all grades can get creative with theme

Beaverton’s Human Rights Advisory Commission is accepting entries for its annual Creative Expression Contest.

The contest gives Beaverton-area students, in grades K-12, an opportunity to express their ideas about the importance of human and civil rights.

“Our students continually share inspiring insights through this annual contest,” said Mayor Denny Doyle. “The submissions we receive serve as reminders that we must be vigilant in upholding human and civil rights in our community.”

Creativity is highly encouraged. Entries may take the form of any artistic medium, including poems, stories, essays, original songs or other musical compositions, two- or three-dimensional artwork, film, dance, or any combination of these.

Participants should convey the importance of respect and acceptance at home, school, in the community or the world — whether they see it or not.

Students may share a personal experience from their life or the life of their family, write about a time they felt included or excluded, or saw this happening to someone else. Students may also share something about a civil rights hero/heroine and relate it to their own life, or imagine a world in which everyone lives and works together in peace.

Submissions must be received by the city’s Human Resources Department in City Hall at 4755 S.W. Griffith Drive or online at by 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28.

Informational flyers can be found at all Beaverton-area libraries, Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills, the Human Resources Department in City Hall, Beaverton schools, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District centers or on the city's website.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories: elementary school, middle school and high school. The first-place winner in each category will receive a $50 gift card to Powell's Books. Two runner-up winners in each category will receive a $25 Powell's gift card. All winners will be celebrated at a reception and televised awards ceremony at a City Council meeting in May.

A binder of all entries is kept in the Young Adult Room of the Beaverton City Library for a full year. Winning entries can be viewed online.

Entries may be submitted by an individual, in pairs, with a small group or as a classroom project. However, only one prize will be awarded per entry.

“Our young people show us every year that they understand how we should treat others, and what our world could look like if we respected and accepted each other’s differences,” said Esther Griffin, commission chairwoman. “We love seeing the students’ thoughtful and creative entries each year, and look forward to finding more venues for displaying their outstanding work in Beaverton.”

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