Shawnee students win first place in cover design contest
First-grader Eli Walters couldn’t quite put into words how good it felt to be honored for his artistic skills in front of his entire school last week.
But he said he was glad to have helped his school library at Mize Elementary earn a $500 donation.
“Because we get to read more books,” the avid reader said.
Eli was one of nine students in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and two in the De Soto school district, to win Price Chopper’s Bag Your Favorite Book contest. The contest tasked students in elementary, middle and junior high schools across the metro area with designing a cover for their favorite book or a book assigned by their teacher.
Price Chopper received more than 9,500 entries for the contest, according to a news release from Price Chopper.
Winners were surprised by representatives with Price Chopper during all-school assemblies. They received a framed copy of their design and a $500 check for their school library. Price Chopper will also give them a classroom party in a theme of their choice.
Eli won for his design of a lion, dog and tiger, characters in the book “Ten Apples Up On Top,” by Theo LeSieg. Declan Coleman, kindergartner at Clear Creek Elementary School, also won first place for his super hero-themed cover design for “Super Heroes Storybook Collection,” by Jennifer Redding.
Bag Your Favorite Book is one of two programs under Price Chopper’s Feeding the Reading Appetite literacy initiative, launched by the company in 2007 to provide teachers a new way of encouraging their students to read more. The other program, Party for Pages, allows classrooms to earn parties based on the number of pages students collectively read.
“He is an excellent reader,” Eli’s mom, Lindsay Walters said of her son. “I believe he’s reading a couple grade levels higher.”
She also said she was impressed by how much time he spent on his design, about two hours. She said Eli gets his artistic talents from his grandmother, an art teacher.
“So it kind of skipped a generation,” she said with a laugh.
As for his party, Eli said he wasn’t sure yet what theme he would choose. Kelli Arch, a marketing consultant with Price Chopper who was on hand at the assembly, said previous party themes have included movies, ice cream and pizza.