Sussex, NJ – And the winners have been chosen.

There is great, big - red, white and blue – bright spot in this otherwise colorless pandemic.

It comes from the kids that participated in Project Help’s Third Annual Poster Contest.  The students are in grades K through 12 and they hail from schools all over New Jersey.

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Project Help is an all-volunteer veteran’s organization that assists military families and promotes awareness of the difficulties faced when returning to civilian life.

The poster contest is one-way Project Help introduces youngsters to the positivity and honor of our brave soldiers.

In December the call for artists went out to schools across the state and dozens of entries were submitted.  All of them were creative, colorful and thought-provoking. They symbolized patriotism and appreciation for America’s veterans.

It was hard to pick a winner, since all the children that participated are winners but based on design, originality and content, the top photos were finally chosen.

The theme this year was Project Help’s mobile closet, a converted school bus that brings clothing and other necessities to retired military individuals and families statewide.

The bus is wrapped in the American flag and features the country’s emblem, a bald eagle. And so, it was requested that the artwork include some or all of those elements.

This year’s winning artists in the elementary grades are: in First place Jason Minchala, in Second place Ivelys Capele-Carranza and, in Third place Tanush Patel.

The middle school winners are: in First place Anneliese Hernandez and, in Second place Michael Healy.

The two high school winners are: in First place Sanya Joseph and, in Second place Bryan Torres Tavarez.n    

The original plan had been to invite the winning participants and their families to a dinner awards ceremony where they would receive prizes. However, like many other events, the gathering had to be canceled due to Covid-19.

Instead prizes and certificates were mailed to the winners.

To see all the winning posters go to  https://projecthelp.us/2020-poster-contest-winners/    

The mission of Project Help is to provide all Veterans and their families the necessary logistics support and financial resources to be professionally and personally successful, and to help those who served make successful transitions from military to civilian careers. They do this through partnerships with corporations, government organizations and other non-profits as well as their own resources and Hardship Fund.

Project Help is a 501c3 all Volunteer Charity. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by IRS law. EIN 81-1804210.  To learn more about Project Help, to volunteer or donate go to projecthelp.us.