Peacemaker Art & Essay Contest
The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia
invites YOUR STUDENTS to participate in our
PEACEMAKER ART and ESSAY CONTEST.
Teachers share the story of Saint Rita of Cascia with their students and lead a discussion on the virtues that enabled her to be a Peacemaker: Obedience, Forgiveness, Perseverance, and Devotion. Students then use their creative skills to show their understanding.
- Ignite the imaginations of students, allowing them to understand themselves and their peers as PEACEMAKERS!
- Show that PEACEMAKING happens in big and small ways!
- Use the story of Saint Rita of Cascia to illustrate how PEACEMAKING is a Christian act that serves both God and our communities!
PreK to First Grade
Draw a picture of somebody being kind. What are they saying?
Students learn the story of Saint Rita of Cascia. Then, they can use the ideas of friendship, kindness, and forgiveness to draw a picture and write (or dictate) a short sentence about their picture.
Second Grade to Fifth Grade
Short Essay and Art Contest
What makes someone a Peacemaker?
Students learn the story of Saint Rita of Cascia. Then, they consider the attributes she showed during her lifetime to write a paragraph and illustrate it with a picture.
Middle School (Sixth to Eighth Grade)
Essay OR Art Contest (Teacher's Choice)
What does it mean to be a modern-day Peacemaker
Students learn the story of Saint Rita of Cascia. Then, they either write a page-long essay or create artwork that answers the question: What does it mean to be a modern-day Peacemaker?
How can you teach Saint Rita's story?
Use our Story of Saint Rita's Life, written specifically for children. Then, use the Study Guide to teach new vocabulary and symbolism, and to have conversations about the virtues of Saint Rita. Use the Child's Prayer to encourage children to turn to Saint Rita for help and intercession.
If you live in the Philadelphia area, you can also contact us at the Shrine to see if Chesley Turner, our Shrine Director, can visit your school classrooms or assembly to tell the story of Saint Rita of Cascia!
- Submissions for the contest will be received from March 26th through June 1st, 2018. Please include the school name and teacher's name, as well as the student's name and age. *Students may submit work individually, even if their class or school is not taking part in the contest.
- Entries will be reviewed by the Shrine Staff and Augustinian Community.
- Finalists will be displayed inside the Lower Shrine for the months of April, May, June, and July, including our Feast Day celebrations on May 22nd! (Students' last names will not be used in the public display.)
- Winning essays and artwork will be printed in the Fall 2018 issue of the Peacemaker Magazine and posted online at www.SaintRitaShrine.org
For more information, call the Shrine Offices at 215.546.8333.