Virginia Council on Economic Education
 
 
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Color the Economic Concepts Contest
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Elementary teachers give your students the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of economic concepts in a creative and fun way!
Students design a poster of any of the economic concepts included in the Virginia Standards of Learning. Selected concepts should be appropriate for the age level of the artist. Eight state winners will each receive a Virginia Education Savings TrustSM(VESTSM) 529 account with an initial balance of $100. Made possible by Virginia 529 College Savings Plan, a 529 plan is a tax-advantaged investment plan designed to encourage saving for future qualified higher education expenses.  Winning art work will be displayed at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and posted on this site.
Teachers:
To qualify, postmark student entries by Wednesday, May 1, 2014

Possible topics include:  
barter; consumers/producers; choices/decision-making; credit; entrepreneurs; goods/services; interdependence; jobs; money/savings; opportunity cost; products and industries of Virginia; resources: human, natural and capital; scarcity; specialization; trade; and wants.
 
 

Economic concepts can be reflected in a present day setting or in an historical setting.
 
Entries must be students’ original work and in compliance with the following rules:

Use 8 1/2 X 11 paper in horizontal format –leave a 1/2 inch margin around the paper.

Pictures should be in color with all images and words outlined with a black felt tip marker.

The economic concept should be clearly written on the poster.

Concepts should be appropriate to grade level of artist.

No brand names or trademarks may be used.  And correct spelling!

Do not fold entries.

Do not include the student's name on the front of the drawing, instead on the back of each entry, use tape to attach the following information on a 3 X 5 card:  student's name, home address, teachers' name, grade, school, and school division.  

Please remind students that winning art may be used as posters to be hung on walls, therefore images should be large and colorful with few or no words other than the name of the economic concept.  A number of factors will be considered in choosing the winning entries including: grade level, geographic location, accurate and helpful depiction of the economic concept, visual appeal as a poster, and artistic ability.

Download entry form here and mail to your VCEE Center for Economic Education.
If more information is needed or to receive a FREE classroom set of posters, contact the Center for Economic Education closest to you or Page Ritter at the Virginia Council on Economic Education (fpritter@vcu.edu) or 804-828-1627.

Winning Posters, 2008-2012  

Click here for classroom posters featuring 2008-2010 winning artwork with lesson plans, teaching tips and other resources on the back.  Click here for teaching tips from 2012 posters.

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Color the economic
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Important Dates
Postmark Student entries due by
May 1, 2014
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