- Project Cost: $900.00
- Teacher Name: Officer Barker
- School: Hillcrest High School
- Grade Level: All grades 9-12th / art
Dinosaur of the Month is a monthly art contest which allows students of all grade levels to enter all mediums of art. The contest is for entering dinosaur art, however the monthly theme varies to reflect the season, school spirit, or various occasions, such as graduation.
- Planned Use for Funds: I have been creating gift baskets to award to students for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place which contain gift cards, candy, and similar small prizes which fit into baskets or gift bags.
- Need Represented: My contest needs funding for prizes or prizes themselves which boost student interest and participation.
- Academic Impact: While I am a police officer by profession, I have a personal appreciation for creativity, art, and dinosaurs. During my first year at Hillcrest, I noticed many students enjoyed sketching and creating artwork in their spare time. Many students at Hillcrest come from low-income families or trauma backgrounds. I took note that many students used artwork as a healthy relief from the stressors in their life. I continually seek ways to encourage students to make good decisions that affect their future positively. These observations inspired me to create the program ‘Dinosaur of the Month’ (DOTM). The art contest motivate students to develop a healthy pastime of self-expression and to be an active participant in their school. When students feel that they are valued in the school, this realization directly effects the school safety climate for the better.
- Student Population: I work at Hillcrest High School were the majority of families come from low-income households that meet poverty income levels. Many students have families affected by substance abuse, mental health challenges, and financial challenges.