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This spring, afterschool artists from zip codes across the country showed off their creativity by submitting impressive designs for the 2016 Lights On Afterschool poster contest. After reviewing hundreds of entries from 21 states, we’re excited to unveil the winner: Baldwin County High School’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) program in Bay Minette, Alabama!

The winning poster was designed by program participants Maia Austin (17), Gabby Williams (17), and Marquez Drinkard (16). The artists were particularly inspired by the many arts activities offered by their afterschool program, including dance teams, visual art projects and cooking classes. The finished product was truly a team effort, as the poster is comprised of many separate drawings that were cut out and then pasted together.

“We talked about our favorite aspects of our program, and then we decided what we wanted the poster to look like, and who would draw each part.” explained Marquez. “As you can see, we wanted it to be very colorful as well.”

The winning artwork will be printed on 50,000 posters and sent to all registered Lights On Afterschool events to help get the word out about the celebration. Register your event now to receive 10 free posters!

The Baldwin County High School 21st CCLC program serves approximately 40 students 4 days per week, and offers a range of activities that include tutoring, arts enrichment, archery, college and career exploration, and robotics.

Michele Hall, director of the program, explained how the program has provided a valuable service for her community’s kids after school. “As a teacher at the high school, I saw that we had a large number of students who were not involved after school and didn’t have opportunities, partly due to our rural location,” she explained. “Now, the program is helping these kids grow academically and socially.”

The talented winners will be celebrating their victory with a Torani syrup party—how will you be celebrating Lights On Afterschool on October 22? Be sure to register your event and let us know, and we’ll make sure Maia, Gabby and Marquez's poster design lands on your doorstep soon!