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IM’s Coloring Contest special section to offer prizes all summer

The Inter-Mountain photo by Edgar Kelley Randolph County Schools Director of Elementary Curriculum Amy Rowan Smith, center, holds a copy of The Inter-Mountain’s Spring Summer National Holidays Coloring Contest special section. Smith will distribute the section to all Randolph County Schools second graders. Shown with Rowan Smith are Our Town Inc.’s Bobbi Trimboli, left, and Vickie Keller. Our Town will display the students’ colored pages in downtown store windows.

ELKINS — The Inter-Mountain is offering a colorful solution for those spring and summertime boredom blues.

Whether you’re young, elderly or in between, a special insert in Tuesday’s paper could be the ticket to fun and prizes.

The special section, dubbed The Inter-Mountain’s Spring Summer National Holidays Coloring Contest, offers 16 pages of holiday images that can be colored. The contest will award prizes in a host of different age groups. Contestants will have the opportunity to win during six different holidays through the spring and summer months.

Winners will be selected from five different age groups, including: second grade and younger; third to eighth grade; ninth grade to 12th; 19 to 64 years old; and 65 and older.

Each age group winner of the holiday pages will receive a free pizza from Papa John’s. Winners will be selected for Memorial Day, Flag Day, West Virginia Day, West Virginia Emancipation Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day.

In addition to the pizza winners, there will also be five winners selected for the best coloring of the book cover. An Inter-Mountain Blanket will be awarded to a pair of age groups, second grade and under, and third grade to eighth grade. Ninth grade to 12th, ages 19 to 64, and ages 65 and older will have a choice of an umbrella or a 125th Elkins High School Anniversary Book.

Contestants must color the complete page, including all ads to qualify for a prize. All entries must be dropped off at 520 Railroad Ave. in Elkins or mailed to The Inter-Mountain no later than May 17. The mailing address for entries is P.O. Box 1339 Elkins, WV 26241.

On Tuesday, Our Town Inc. representatives delivered hundreds of copies of the coloring book to the Randolph County Board of Education to be used by second-grade students.

“It’s nice that the contest is involving all age groups, from preschool to geriatric, because that really fits right in with our organization’s motto,” said Our Town Inc. volunteer Bobbi Trimboli. “We are happy that The Inter-Mountain has taken the time to put together and provide these coloring books to those in the community.”

Two hundred and sixty-one coloring books will be distributed to second-grade students in schools throughout Randolph County this week. Our Town Inc. will then use those colored pages for displays in downtown store windows this summer.

Amy Rowan Smith, director of Elementary Curriculum and Federal Programs for Randolph County Schools, took on the responsibility of getting the coloring books out to all the second grade students in the county.

“The kids have been looking for so much to do with everything that has gone on the last year,” Rowan-Smith said Tuesday. “Being able to participate in things in the community like this, and to be able to come out and see some of them in the windows downtown, will be exciting for them.”

Our Town Inc., which has helped organize many recent events in downtown Elkins, including the return to the concert series at the Railyard Depot later this year, has groups and organizations lined up to install patriotic and community displays this summer in the vacant downtown windows. All of the coloring books that are returned to the newspaper will also figure into the mix of downtown displays.

“Whatever entries come back to The Inter-Mountain we will display downtown throughout the summer,” Trimboli said. “Right now we are going to start at Dollar General and if we start getting too many, we will find another window to put some in.”

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