The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 376 sponsored a Poppy Poster Contest in both the Oxford Academy Middle and High Schools. The event was chaired by Terrill Sutton with assistance by Art Educators, Charity Gipp and Joni Eaton. Ten students were poster winners!
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 expresses what the poppy represents, in any art medium chosen by the students. The students were encouraged to read the poem "In Flanders Field" and research and learn about the meaning of the red Memorial poppy, patriotism, veterans and service, through art.
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 was a first, second, and third place in each grade category.
Below are the winners of the ALA Unit 376 Poppy Poster Contest 2021
Prizes are gift certificates to Oxford restaurants: Hoppie's, The Stadium, and Joe and Vinny's (- student's choice). First place - $25 gift certificates, second $15, and third - $10 gift certificates.
The winning posters will be on display in the dining hall at the American Legion Post 376 (17 S Washington Ave, Oxford) for month long viewing during the Sunday Community Breakfasts.