Kids Count Pediatrics is hosting its third annual Writing Contest for children in elementary, middle and high school. Contestants may enter a piece of short fiction or a poem. This event is free and open to everyone, not only patients of Kids Count Pediatrics.
For the first time, this year there is a theme for the contest. Contestants are asked to write about a painting that was recently purchased by Dr. Adrienne Classen for the Kids Count Pediatrics Office. The children can enter a poem or short story that is either about the girl in the painting or the painting itself.
When asked about the portrait, Patricia H. Svoboda, research coordinator for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, said, “The portrait of the young lady was painted circa 1850s-1860s judging by her costume and hairstyle. The sitter and the artist are unknown. However, the artist was academically trained and talented, capturing the character of this lady. So one can place this portrait in the context of the period before and during the Civil War. The portrait might have been commissioned or the sitter might have been a friend or relative of the artist.”
Entries are to be submitted to Kids Count Pediatrics by Oct. 13. All contestants are invited to read their piece on Oct. 13 at the office. Prizes will be awarded in each age category.
Kids Count Pediatrics was created in the spirit of the medical home initiative as a place where family-centered care promotes the healthy development and well being of children and their families. The staff seeks to help children and their families thrive by facilitating access to high-quality, developmentally appropriate physical health, mental health, and behavioral health care services. They strive to raise children’s academic expectations and self-esteem by promoting reading and education as well as providing access through the art, play toys, books, and aquariums in the waiting areas to nature and to the arts, heritage, and culture of the world around us.
For more information, visit www.kidscountpeds.com or call 336-835-7337.