An anonymous donor kindly provided funding for several awards. These awards were called "Kudzu Coalition Youth Awards", and included prizes for two categories, grades 6 - 8 and grades 9 to 12. All prizes were awarded at the Kudzu Kapers event on Saturday, April 19, between 9 AM and 12 noon.

Youth Art and Writing Awards For the benefit of teachers, Art and Writing Requirements and Criteria 2008 could be printed out and posted for display. The same link provided the application form for students.

The awards are, as follows.

  1. Art awards to individual students.
    1. $100 First Prize for grades 6 to 8 and $100 First Prize for grades 9 to 12
    2. $ 25 Second Prize for grades 6 to 8 and $25 Second Prize for grades 9 to 12
  2. Writing awards to individual students.
    1. $100 First Prize for grades 6 to 8 and $100 First Prize for grades 9 to 12
    2. $ 25 Second Prize for grades 6 to 8 and $25 Second Prize for grades 9 to 12
  3. Community Service Award: The anonymous donor also provided funding for a $50 prize to the high school or middle school with the most student hours working on kudzu outdoors during 2008. Time in kudzu training at Kudzu Kollege or in the classroom was included in the total time. New!
  4. Kudzu Kapers Events: Additionally, four more prizes of $50 each were awarded for events or judging that took place at Kudzu Kapers on April 19. The group awards were given to the club, class, or organization most responsible for the achievement. New!
    1. Largest kudzu crown removed after January 1, 2008.
    2. Kudzu crown-toss for distance. This was an individual award.
    3. Kudzu crown-throw for accuracy. This was an individual award.
    4. Student attendance at Kudzu Kapers, and present at the time awards were given.

If you would like to donate toward or help plan, organize, publicize, set up, or otherwise participate as a volunteer in events involving students, please give us a call at 585-0990.

Newt Hardie
August 2009