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American Academy of Pediatrics Launches 2008 National Art Contest for Children

CHICAGO, June 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is still time to enter the American Academy of Pediatrics' National Children's Art Contest. The contest is open to boys and girls in two groups, grades 3-5 and 6-8. The winner in each group and their parents/guardians will be invited to attend the 2008 AAP National Conference & Exhibition in Boston on October 11.

Both winners will receive $500 and up to $1,000 for travel-related expenses. The two second-place winners will each receive $250. The four winners' schools will receive matching cash amounts. Winners and some other entrants will have their artwork featured on the AAP Web site and in promotional materials. The contest theme is "How I Can Be Active".

To enter, children should submit an original piece of art to: American Academy of Pediatrics, Art Contest, 141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.

Official entry forms and consent forms must accompany all entries and are available online at . Entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2008. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges including pediatricians, and announced in the summer.

"This is the Academy's fourth national children's art contest and the quality of the entries we receive is remarkable," said Renee Jenkins, MD, FAAP, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "It's an encouraging sign that so many young people recognize what it means to have a healthy lifestyle. The healthy choices they make today will help protect them all their lives."

The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

SOURCE American Academy of Pediatrics
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