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Schools Are Safe Places for Minorities

At the May 2019 OEA Delegate Assembly, a New Business Item was passed creating a poster contest for Oklahoma students. NBI #13 read, “I move that the Oklahoma Education Association conduct a student led art submission call, as soon as possible, for original student artwork that highlights the idea of safe space schools for minority groups including Indigenous People, Immigrants, Dreamers, Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ+, et al. The Human and Civil Rights committee will select one submitted design, for each appropriate age level (elementary, middle and high school), and OEA will make posters available for members to download.”

The Communications and the Human & Civil Rights Committees met together in October and outlined the theme and entry deadline for this unique poster contest.

The Assignment

No matter where we come from, the color of our skin, or how we identify, public schools should be safe places. For this poster contest, create a picture that tells us how you feel safe and accepted in your school.
All Oklahoma public school students are eligible to enter.
Entries must be submitted on white, unlined 8 ½ x 11 paper.

Each entry must include the following information on a label attached to the back of the drawing:

o Title of Entry
o Student’s Name
o Grade
o School
o School District
o Teacher’s name (homeroom or art teacher)
o School phone number

Entries must be hand-drawn or painted. Computer-generated art will not be accepted. Pictures will be judged on creativity, use of color, content, and how well the artwork meets the assignment


All entries must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020. Mail, hand-deliver or overnight entries to OEA Focus on Reading, OEA Headquarters, 323 E. Madison, Okla. City, OK, 73105. (Entries received after the deadline will not be judged.)
All entries will become the property of the OEA and must meet all contest rules to be eligible for prizes.


The OEA Human and Civil Rights Committee will serve as contest judges. Winners will be announced Friday, February 7, 2020. One winner in each category and a Best in Show will be chosen, and those posters will be available to download from the Oklahoma Education Association Website,
• 3rd-5th grades
• 6th-8th grades
• 9th-12th grades
• Up to three entries in each category may be named honorable mention, as determined by the judges.


Best in Show – $100 gift card
First Place in each category – $50 gift card

For more information, contact Doug Folks at or 405.523.4355.