BOSTON — State Treasurer Deb Goldberg, Chair of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) and MSBA Chief Executive Officer Maureen Valente are pleased to announce the 2016 Annual “My Ideal School” contest. Now, in its 10thyear, the contest’s goal is to promote discussion among students and teachers as to how thoughtful design and construction of schools in Massachusetts support student engagement and 21st century learning.
“Each year I look forward to judging the ‘My Ideal School’ contest,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “Our hope is to hear from as many first-graders from every corner of the state, as possible!”
This contest is open to all first-grade students currently attending a Massachusetts public school. Students should include both an illustration of their ideal school and a short essay outlining three things they love about their school. Contest submissions must be received by April 29, 2016 for consideration.
Regional winners will be chosen and will receive a special prize generously donated by Santander Bank. The one lucky grand prize winner will have their “My Ideal School” contest drawing featured on the cover of the next MSBA Annual Report. All winners will be honored at a special awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on June 6, 2016.
The Massachusetts School Building Authority partners with Massachusetts communities to support the design and construction of educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and cost-effective public school facilities. Since its inception in 2004, the MSBA has made over 1,700 site visits to more than 250 school districts as part of its due diligence process and has made over $11.9 billion in reimbursements for school construction projects.
For more information on the “My Ideal School” context please visit the MSBA website at http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/programs/ideal_school.