Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around specific themes.
Sponsored by TheGilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the Dear George Washington Contest encourages elementary students to imagine the United States at its founding by composing a letter to President George Washington from the point of view of a person attending his first inauguration.
Each year the National Book Foundation’s Innovations in Reading Prize awards $10,000 to an individual or organization that has developed an innovative project that creates and sustains a lifelong love of reading in the community served. The foundation also recognizes four projects with the designation of honorable mention.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the DEA Educational Foundation, and Discovery Education have launched the third annual Operation Prevention Video Challenge—a peer-to-peer platform for communicating messages about the dangers of opioid misuse. High school students should grab their camera, recruit their friends, and create a 30- to 60-second original public service announcement aimed to reach other teens about this widespread issue.
The office supply company Bostitch is offering a chance for two teachers to win a $250 grant for creative supplies for their classroom. To be considered, teachers need to submit a lesson plan of their own creation that they believe exemplifies creativity in the classroom.