SPRINGFIELD, NJ — In what has become an annual tradition, the Springfield Board of Education (BOE) honored the winners of this year's holiday card design competition at Monday's meeting.
The annual event allows district students to submit their work both in and out of class to the contest, where it will be judged. The winning entry for each grade level is then put onto one of a line of holiday cards, which are sold by the district this time of year to raise money.
With the calendar year coming to a close, parents of winning students in the district eagerly look forward to this meeting in order to celebrate their children. The winning entrants also get a framed commemorative edition of their card to remember their win by.
When their name was called, each child came up to the front of the room, where they posed for a picture with the art teacher and principal from the school. Even the students who could not make it had their artwork displayed.
For Springfield Superintendent Michael Davino, the ceremony is not just a chance to honor some of the more outstanding artists in the district. For him, seeing students reach their potential in art is proof for him of how a complete and well-rounded school system allows children to flourish.
"I believe that the purpose of education is to expand the individual's ability to touch every aspect of their personality in a way that satisfies their self-worth," Davino said. "If we don't do that, we're not educating. We can be directing, we can be informing, but we're not educating.
"To educate is to allow the individual to expand and explore upon everything that they like, want to try, to experience [nd] to ultimately find their way in this world and allow them to be who they are."
Click through the photo gallery at the top to see all of this year's winners.