The ATT proudly announces this year’s Pogrund Family Essay and Judaic Artwork Contests for students, grades 3-12, of its affiliated schools. Funded through the generosity of the Pogrund Family, the contests provide students the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity, ability to research Jewish topics, and to express themselves through writing/art.
A student may participate in one or both contests by submitting one entry for the Pogrund Family Essay contest and one entry for the Pogrund Family Judaic Artwork contest.
Contest Prizes: $50.00 check per winner
Deadline for art/essay submission is Thursday, January 30, 2020.
Pogrund Family Essay Contest
ATT sponsors the Pogrund Family Essay Contest annually for all of its grades 3 -12 students of its affiliated schools. Established through the generosity of Pogrund Family, the program allows our students to show their creativity, their ability to research Jewish topics, and to improve their writing skills.
To encourage students to do research in the primary sources of Judaism in their preferred areas of interest
To explain the relevance of Torah to all aspects of life
To allow students the opportunity of strengthening their commitment to Judaism through writing
To encourage students to improve their writing skills
To recognize and celebrate our students’ creativity and their writing
Select one of the essay topics below:
Research a question about a Judaic topic that interests you. Essay should include the answer as well as its rationale. (e.g.: Does Hashem expect us to work for success or to rely on him alone?)
Research a historical/current Jewish personality or event. Explain how it applies to your Jewish values and/or contemporary Jewish life. (Essay should include two parts, a brief summary of research and its relationship to you or modern life in general.)
Create a poem, play or other type of creative writing on a Jewish theme, idea, personality, event or holiday.
Explain a tefilah (prayer) from the Siddur and its special meaning to you and the role it plays in your life.
Explain a difficult passage from Tanach. Present a minimum of two resolutions to the problem. (e.g.: How did the Jews make an Eigel (Golden Calf) just 40 days after Har Sinai?)
Describe a modern problem and show how our sacred texts deal with the problem. (e.g.: The Sanctity of Human Life; Anti-Semitism; The Sanctity of Marriage; Environment; Social Justice)
Essay Contest Rules
Length of essay: 500 word maximum
All essay submissions must include anessay title, first name, last name, home address (include city, state, zip, and pat. # when applicable), email address (if student has one), grade and school in order to be eligible.
Hand-written submissions must be legible, done in ink, and written on one side of the paper.
All submitted essays are the property of the ATT and may be published in an ATT publication. Please retain a copy of your submission for your records. Winners may be requested to resubmit their essays electronically.
Essays may be submitted by Thursday, January 30, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.
Have each student include an essay title, his/her first and last name, home address (include city, state, zip and apartment # when applicable), email address (if student has one), grade, and school on all pages of his/her submission.
If submissions are hand-written, essays must be legible, done in ink, and written on only one side of the paper.
Essay Contest Judging
Following directions – Be sure to include your heading and an essay title
Content/research/originality and creativity
Mechanics (grammar, spelling, etc.)
Judaic Artwork Contest
The ATT sponsors the Pogrund Family Judaic Artwork Contest for all of its grades 3-12 students of its affiliated schools. The goals of the contest are:
To encourage students to do research on a chag
To illustrate creatively and explain the relevance of that chag
To allow students the opportunity of strengthening their commitment to Judaism through creative expression
To encourage students to improve their communication skills in a different medium – art
To recognize and celebrate our students’ creativity
Artwork Content Themes
Artwork should focus on a specific chag (Jewish holiday) chosen by the student. Include a minimum of six details about the chag – i.e. mitzvos, special customs, themes of the holiday. Use a title that includes the name of the chag. Choose from one of the following options:
Create a story board illustrating a specific chag from the Jewish calendar, or
Create an informational board depicting/explaining a specific chag
All artwork should be the student’s original work reflecting an original design or concept of the student. One entry per student.
Why you chose to illustrate this specific chag (its special meaning to you)
Explanation should contain a title that includes the name of the chag.
Use white or off-white paper that is 9” x 12” and 70 lb. – 90 lb. (Currently available at Walmart or the ATT (2 sheets of paper per student will be available for pick up during business hours)
Acceptable materials are pencils, crayons, paints, markers or color pencils. Only freehand drawn letters may be used. Artwork can be realistic or abstract. People and animals can be included. Artwork should be two dimensional.
Artwork should not contain:
Computer-generated art and graphics
Copyrighted characters, photographs and magazine or newspaper illustrations
Glitter, wood, plastic, glass or metal
Taped/glued on pieces and stickers
Prizes: $50.00 per winner
All submitted artwork is the property of the ATT and may be published in an ATT publication. Artwork should be hand delivered to the ATT, 3531 Madison Street, Skokie, IL 60076, to maintain its original shape and submission condition. Please take a picture of your submission for your records.
Deadline: Thursday, January 30, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.