This last week we sent out notifications to the teachers in our contest to let them know if they still had students who had not given permission to be published. I received an email back that one teacher has done all she could, but one of her student’s mother gave a verbatim “no”. The teacher was puzzled why a mother would say that.
There are many scams on the internet that accept everything that is entered in a contest. They have as their sole purpose to sell books. Often there is a fee to be published or you are required to purchase a book. That is not who we are.
Giving permission helps to recognize students who have earned a reward. As a parent and teacher I am very protective of my children. However, I would never conceptualize not allowing them to receive recognition for an accomplishment.
We have so many students who have taken this accomplishment and used it to make a difference in their lives. I have the attitude to always let other people limit my options. In college I applied for over 40 scholarships and received 36 rejection letters. The four I received paid for tuition, books, and a little left over. If I didn’t apply, I would not have received anything. However, when a student enters a contest, is recognized, and has put forth the effort, then finishing the process and getting recognition is important.
To release a student’s art or writing, we have to receive verification that each winner created an original work and get permission. Each year about 10% of the students we have chosen as winners fail to give permission. This could be because the work is not original or they just thought returning permission is no big deal.
If you have students enter a contest, then be a finisher. Follow the contest through to completion.
Have a great day.