For the last 35 years Lions clubs around the world have proudly sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. Every year a new theme is chosen. Children around the world are encouraged to produce a poster (painting) on how they percieve the theme.

The Joliet Noon Lions have encouraged the local middle-schools in Joliet to participate in this annual event for the last 30 years.  The Joliet schools are contacted by Lion Chairperson Dianne Argoudelis late in the Spring.  Schools that wish to participate are given a Peace Poster Kit at the start of classes in the Fall.  The Kit explains the current poster theme as well as dimensions and requirements needed for each  

The Peace Posters are then collected and voted on at a regular Noon meeting.  A winner from each school entering the contest is chosen.  Those winning Posters are then sent forward for District voting where they will compete with Posters submitted from as many as 60 clubs.  That winning Poster moves on to the State level to compete with 9 other entries.  The poster chosen at State continues on for further competition until after many more levels of voting, a single Poster is chosen from the thousands of entries submitted from around the World.

This year Washington Jr High was the only school that participated in the local contest. Nelly Hernandez, Age 12, 6th Grade was the Gold Winning artist.

Idaly Campa, Age 12, 7th Grade was our Purple Winning Artist.  This poster went on to win at the District level of voting.  It was sent forth to the State level for voting. Unfortunatley it came in 5th of the 10 posters submitted. 


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