ALA Unit 376 Poppy Poster Contest
Unit 376 Poppy Program Chairman: Terrill Sutton
Fort Hill American Legion Auxiliary member, Terrill Sutton (Oxford, NY), is the Unit 376 Poppy Program Chairman. She was eligible for ALA membership through her late mother, Emily E. Brashaw, a 20-year US Navy firefighter. As Poppy Chairman, Terrill is in charge of distributing the red crepe paper Memorial Poppies for donations, choosing a Poppy Princess for the Memorial Day parade, and organizing the annual Unit 376 Poppy Poster Contest - with assistance by the Oxford Academy Art Department. Unit 376 sponsored it's first Poppy Poster Contest in May 2018.
The ALA Unit 376's Poppy Poster Contest takes place in May and is open to art students in both the Oxford Academy Middle and High Schools. Nine student's posters are usually chosen (*three place winners in 3 categories) as winners.
Some of the winners of the ALA Unit 376 Poppy Poster Contest
Since World War I, the American Legion Auxiliary has been distributing the red Memorial Poppy to remind Americans that millions sacrificed their lives and health to keep America free. This poster contest theme should express what the poppy represents, in any art medium. The goal is to encourage the students to research and learn about the meaning of the poppy, patriotism, veterans and service, through art.
Local Poppy Poster Contest Requirements:
The Unit 376 ALA Poppy Poster contest is for grades five through twelve in three levels: Middle School (lower grades) Class 1; Middle School (higher grades) Class 2, and High School. There usually is a first, second, and third place in each grade category.
Prizes are gift certificates to Oxford restaurants: Hoppie's, The Stadium, and Joe and Vinny's (- student's restaurant choice). First place - $25 gift certificates, second $15, and third - $10 gift certificates.
The winning posters are displayed in the dining hall at the American Legion Post 376 (17 S Washington Ave, Oxford, NY) for month long viewing during the Sunday Community Breakfasts.