ATLANTA (June 28, 2018) – Georgia-Pacific (GP) announced the three division winners from its second annual “Call to Canvas” contest in partnership with The Kids in Need Foundation (KINF). The contest, sponsored by Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers, tasked students to illustrate what happiness means to them on a blank sheet of GP printer paper. Georgia-Pacific employees then voted between nine pieces of student artwork, with the winning student in each of the three grade divisions receiving resource-based donations for their teachers and schools.
As the national paper sponsor for The Kids in Need Foundation, GP provided toolkits to ten KINF Resource Centers across the country and asked teachers to encourage their students to participate in the creative art contest. GP received over 100 art submissions from students across three divisions: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-12.Student art was then judged by GP employees on five categories: the student’s interpretation of the contest, success in sticking to the theme, quality of work, art originality and the art medium used to illustrate their work. This year’s grand-prize winners are:
- Justin Deberry: 2nd grade, Parkside Elementary (Coral Springs, FL)
- Valentina Prada: 3rdgrade, Dolphin Bay Elementary (Miramar, FL)
- Alyssa Allen: 7thgrade, Glades Middle School (Miramar, FL)
The three student winners will receive a grand prize paper donation to their schools and recognition from both Georgia-Pacific and The Kids in Need Foundation.
Georgia-Pacific also announced they will be sponsoring back-to-school teacher shopping days for the four KINF Resource Centers with the highest level of participation in the Call to Canvas art contest. At each shopping day, teachers will be provided with GP copy paper, school supplies and the opportunity to win additional prizes. The four winning resource centers include:
- Tools for Schools Broward (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
- Teacher EXCHANGE (Las Vegas, NV)
- The Education Partnership (Pittsburgh, PA)
- The Pencil Box (Tulsa, OK)
“Since our partnership began with The Kids in Need Foundation in 2015, we’re proud to say that Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers has donated over 130,000 reams of paper to KINF Resource Centers and schools across the country – including those in local GP markets,” said Callie Kaszycki, Marketing Manager, Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers. “As we celebrate this year’s Call to Canvas winners, we would like to thank our GP employees for their ongoing participation and support of our incredible partnership with The Kids in Need Foundation.”
“Georgia-Pacific has been a wonderful partner over the past three years,” said Kristine Cohn, Director of Development and Corporate Partnerships at The Kids in Need Foundation. “Paper is one of the most requested school supplies by teachers, and our partnership with the Communication Papers team continues to make a profound impact in classrooms across the country. The Kids in Need Foundation is thankful, and we look forward to another great year partnering with Georgia-Pacific.”
Georgia-Pacific, The Kids in Need Foundation and Resource Center representatives standing with semi-finalist artwork
About Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers
Georgia-Pacific’s Communication Papers business is a leading supplier of printing and imaging papers used in business-to-business print applications, as well as papers for home and small office printers, copiers, and fax machines. In addition to its Standard, Premium and Super Premium copier and printer papers, Georgia-Pacific also manufactures Georgia-Pacific Spectrum® cut-size and offset and specialty converting papers for commercial printers. Georgia-Pacific Communication Papers is a division of Georgia-Pacific Consumer Products, which is known for the familiar consumer tissue and towel brands including Quilted Northern®, Angel Soft®, Brawny®, and Sparkle®.
About Kids in Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed one billion in school supplies, directly benefiting 6.2 million students and 200,000 teachers in 2017. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @KidsInNeed