Ocean County Press Release

FOR 26 YEARS the Ocean County Clerks' Office has held a poster contest for fourth-grade students, giving the children an opportunity to display their creative talents while illustrating what they like best about living in the county.

With classrooms shut and children working from home, Ocean County Clerk Scott M. Colabella had to come up with an equally creative way to continue this tradition.

"We host this contest in recognition of National County Government Month every April to promote awareness of the work accomplished by New Jersey's 21 counties," Colabella said "We have held this contest for 26 years and we were not going to miss it this year. So, like with many of our other services, we are moving the contest online."

Fourth graders are invited to complete their posters at home and submit an email including a JPEG photo of their artwork to the county.

Colabella said the date for submissions has also been extended to May 15.

Parents must also complete a short "My County" Poster Contest entry form, available on the County Clerk's website www.oceancountyclerk.com.

Each poster must be completed on standard 22" x 28" poster board and include the words "Ocean County" in 4-inch letters drawn in black magic marker at the top of the poster. The student's name, teacher's name and school should be printed neatly on the lower right corner of the poster.

Both the entry form and poster photo should be emailed to mycountyposter@co.ocean.nj.us

The public is invited to select their top four choices in the contest. The posters will be available to view on May 19th on the Ocean County Clerk's Facebook page (facebook.com/oceancountyclerk) or by simply visiting www.oceancountyclerk.com and clicking on the link for Vote for Your Favorite Poster.

Voting will be open from May 19 to May 26. The four posters receiving the highest number of Likes will be the Top 4 winners including first, second and third place and honorable mention.

As of April 28, 20 students had already submitted their artwork, Colabella said.

Freeholder Deputy Director Gary Quinn, liaison to the County Clerk's office, said he was pleased the poster contest tradition is being continued despite the ongoing Coronavirus lockdown.

"Our fourth graders always do an outstanding job creating posters that show the many aspects that make Ocean County a great place to live," Quinn said.

Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari said contest winners are usually invited to a public meeting of the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, where their photos are taken, and the children have an opportunity to meet their county government leaders.

"Hopefully once we can re-open our buildings to the public and its safe for everyone to come in, we can have a chance to meet and honor these winning artists in person."

Anyone with questions about the poster contest can call the clerk's office at 732-929-2018 if you have any questions.

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