Saturday, April 16, 2011

White House Announces Winners For 2011 Easter Egg Roll Poster Contest

"Get Up and Go!" is Monday, April 25th...
The White House received more than 400 entries from 135 schools for this year's 2011 White House Easter Egg Roll design contest, which asked students to incorporate the theme “Get Up and Go!” into artwork for the annual event's poster and souvenir program cover. The theme promotes health and wellness, reflecting First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.

Mrs. Obama selected two winners, and the students and their classmates will receive tickets to the Roll; the poster and souvenir program will be in the gift bags presented to the thousands of kids who flood the South Lawn the day after Easter. The First Lady chose the illustration, above, to be the poster. Congratulations are due Alyssa Pendergast, age 12, of of Harper Park Middle School in Leesburg, Virginia.

"Alyssa did a great job with incorporating the “Get Up and Go!” theme into the poster. Kids are playing basketball, biking, and eating healthy," the White House noted.

The art work, at left, for the cover of the souvenir program was created by Morgan Ferrans, 12, from Maryvale Preparatory School in Brooklandville, Maryland.

"Morgan did a wonderful job with the “Get Up and Go!” theme, by showing kids and the Easter bunny playing sports and staying active on the South Lawn, just as kids will do at the event," the White House noted.

>The Talent Line-up for 2011 performances IS HERE. 2011 Easter Egg Roll Facts ARE HERE. Egg Roll History IS HERE.

About 30,00 people will attend the Easter Egg Roll, a tradition that dates back to 1878, and Mrs. Obama has put her own stamp on it. There will be healthy cooking demonstrations at outdoor stations, as there were for each of the two previous Rolls the President and First Lady hosted. There will also be live music, sports courts, storytelling and, of course, the traditional Easter egg rolling, which is done with wooden spoons and dyed hardboiled eggs.

The souvenir wooden eggs for this year's roll, pictured above, will also be in the gifts bags, and they're available to citizens for purchase from the National Park Foundation. They're eco friendly, crafted in the US from Forest Stewardship Council-certified hardwood. Individual Eggs are $7.50, and a pack with all four colors is $26.50.

*Photo by Chuck Kennedy/White House