It’s just a short five days until Barack Obama is sworn in as our 44th president. But here at the Scholastic, we’re celebrating the achievements of all the past presidents and the artistic talents of kids all across the country.
Last fall, as election fever swept the nation, Scholastic Book Clubs (you know, those fliers you get in school that you can order books from) held the first-ever “Picture a President Drawing Contest.” And kids responded in overwhelming numbers.
Over 12,000 portraits were submitted. There were portraits of the big famous ones — the Washingtons, Lincolns, Roosevelts — as well as the oft forgotten ones — Chester A. Arthur, James Buchanan, William Henry Harrison, and Rutherford B. Hayes.
The grand prize winner, Helena Bundy, 10, from California, drew a charcoal picture of Woodrow Wilson. Why did she pick him? She wanted to draw a president that didn’t have facial hair (no beards or mustaches for Helena)! Ten other presidential drawings were chosen as runners-up.
Not only were there a ton of pictures, but they were all amazingly good. So good in fact, that Scholastic put the portraits on display in our lobby, where they’ll be showcased until March 1st.
What about you — who’s your favorite president? Which president do you admire most and why?
— Carly H., STACKS Staffer