April 2, 2016 is international “Light It Up Blue Day”, a day dedicated, worldwide, to spreading awareness and acceptance of Autism, a neurological disorder that now affects 1 in 68 people. The Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia is challenging all schools in the Valley to come up with their own spin on Light It Up Blue Day on Friday, April 1st. Make a video, create a scrapbook, write a poem that shines the light on autism spectrum disorder and showcases your school’s participation on this special day. In the process your school will earn a chance to win $250! The Chapter will award three (3) prizes of $250 in the competition: one each for grades P to 5, grades 6 to 8, and grades 9 to 12. The winning schools can use the prize money on any program or project of their choosing (sports, music, class party, etc.)
Just follow these easy steps to enter the competition.
1. First, decide on how you will promote autism awareness in your school. Will you hold a poster contest or host a bake sale or encourage all students and staff to wear blue on April 1st.? The options are endless and only limited by students’ imaginations! Once you decide on your idea(s), describe what you plan to do in 250 words or less. Let us know why your school deserves to win and how the monies will be spent if your school is awarded the prize. Fill out the competition application form and have it signed by a staff member or volunteer who will supervise students in their competition bid. Attach your proposal letter along with a photo of your school. Submit your competition package to the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia by March 4, 2016. Proposal letters and photos will be placed on the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia Facebook page to showcase everyone’s great ideas and, hopefully, encourage even more schools to participate in Light It Up Blue Day.
2. Between March 4th and March 31st., brainstorm, plan and work on your Light It Up Blue ideas! Work on your poems, posters, bake sales and spread the word about autism. Then put together a Creative Portfolio to show us everything your school has accomplished towards promoting autism awareness. Your portfolio can take any form you want: gather your poems into a scrapbook, take pictures of your poster submissions, make a video of your schoolmates dressed in blue. Submit a copy of your school’s portfolio to the Annapolis Valley Chapter of Autism Nova Scotia no later than April 11th., 2016.
3. We’ll post your school’s Portfolio on our Facebook page and, from April 11th. to 24th., students, staff, family and friends can vote for their favourite portfolio.
4. Winners in the 3 categories will be announced on April 25, 2016. Each submission will be evaluated in the following way:
a. 50% on overall school participation
b. 10% on on-line voting
c. 10% on proposal letter
d. 30% on creative portfolio
WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOUR GREAT AUTISM AWARENESS IDEAS!!!