By Michelle Rodriguez

The Foothills Sun-Gazette is calling local artists to enter its' Christmas Card Coloring Contest, as part of Newspapers In Education.

Students ages 12 and under from our foothill communities are encouraged to participate. Twelve lucky winners, 12 days of Christmas and viola! Twelve holiday greeting cards.

"We will print the 12 winning designs as featured christmas cards," said local NIE representative, Katie Byrne. "Each holiday card will be available for sale in our nine-foothill communities."

Plus, each card will have the local artist's name and age printed on the back. Packaged cards will also be available with proceeds going to our Newspapers In Education program.

"The neat thing about the contest this year is that you don't have to be a NIE student to win," She said.

Newspapers In Education is a national program that supplies local newspapers to every student in a classroom, but we need teachers to include the newspaper in their lesson plan.

Nearly 3,000 middle school students have participated in the NIE program. "Newspapers In Education is yet another tool in reading, fluency, comprehension, math and social studies," Byrne said.

Back to the drawing board!

Simply draw a holiday scene on 8.5 x 11 white paper and on the back of the page include: child's name, age, phone number, and school name. then submit it to The Foothills Sun-Gazette at 120 N. E Street in Exeter or mail to: The Foothills Sun-Gazette, Christmas Card Coloring Contest, P.O. Box 7, Exeter Calif. 93221. The deadline is Sept. 15.

You be the judge!

The Foothills Sun-Gazette needs volunteers who are from any of our nine-foothill communities to judge its first Design a Christmas Card Coloring contest. For more contact Katie Byrne at 592-3171.

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