At the end of the awards ceremony, (where I announced the AR point winners, the kids who read the most last summer and stuff like that) I called the students with the top five designs up, with the entire school watching. It was about as tense a setting as you find in elementary. Each of the five students had worked very hard on their designs, and had put a lot of thought into them. They all hoped to win, and had their entire class silently hoping for them as well. (only one class had two designs in the top five) I was enjoying their anxiety, and was milking it for all it was worth. I talked about how I was expecting to get nine or ten designs and how I ended up with 67. I talked about how hard it was to pick a top five, and how each of thm were great and probably could have won. Then I announced the winner, and everyone cheered. The girl who won, has a sister in the first grade, who stood up and ran over across the room, in front of everyone to give her sister a big hug. It was a very happy moment.
This is the design that won.
I wasn’t the final judge, but this was the design that I was hoping would win. Every person I’ve showed it to has had the same initial response. “Wow.” and that’s exactly what I hoped the box would do to people seeing it for the first time. A few students who were in the top five, (and a few who weren’t) approached me after the ceremony, and told me that they thought the judge made the right decision. They said they knew who was going to win when they saw all five drawings up there next to each other.
It was all in all a very happy time, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the end of that ceremony.
Now we’ll move forward with the actual creating of the box. Our friends at Rustic River designs are crafting it. https://www.facebook.com/RusticRiverDesigns It should be fun to watch it come to life. When the box is finished, months from now, I’ll post pictures of it, of course.