Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | March 25, 2012

And the Winners Are…

Bonnie’s class participated in the Alaska Migratory Bird Contest and this year’s theme was “Spectacular Shorebirds”. The winning art and literature/poetry is published in a calendar each year. An educational specialist from the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge flew out and filled us in on the poster and literature contest rules, taught us about shorebirds in Alaska and gave us specific information on the ones that live here during the spring and summer. After she left we looked at Google images of shorebird fine art and then began to plan and sketch our projects. The completed artwork was carefully packaged and mailed off to Kotzebue for the regional judging. Students in our class won all three awards in the K-2 category and will compete in the state competition! Here are our winners (in no particular order):

Caitlin's work

Summer's shorebirds

Sara's art project

Two kids were sick for most of the art project work so we entered them in the literature/poetry division. Kindergarten students can dictate their thoughts, and their stimulus was watching YouTube videos of shorebirds. Here are their winning entries:

Little Birds

Running in the sand.

Eating bugs.

Down, up,

Ten times

His head goes.

Lots of birds run.

by Donovan


Eating bugs.

Beak digs down in the sand.

Keep eating bugs.

Roll that rock.


Head down.

Head up.


Go find more.

by Kyler

Good luck to everybody in the state competition which is only a few weeks away. Bravo on a job well done!  (If you’re on Facebook, check out the Selawik National Wildlife Refuge page. Lots of interesting information and photos there.)



  1. VERY impressive art and poetry. Looks like there’s more than one winner from your class.

  2. WOW! Such artists! The poetry was terrific, too!

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