As part of the Mass in Motion Kids Project, the MiM Kids Media Competition was held this Spring with over 50 entries received from New Bedford Elementary and Middle school students across the district in the categories of Artwork, Videos, and Raps/Songs. Entries needed to answer the question, “How can you be a Mass in Motion Kid?” and promote one or more of the five target behavioral goals of the project:
1) Switch from sugary drinks (like soda, sports, and fruit drinks) to water.
2) Watch no more than 2 hours of screen time per day (includes TV, smartphones, and hand-held video games).
3) Get at least 1 hour of physical activity (including active play) per day.
4) Replace sugary, salty, fried, and fast food with fruits and vegetables.
5) Sleep at least 11 hours per day (2-5 years old). Sleep at least 10 hours per day (6-12 years old).
Independent judges from Harvard School of Public Health and Mass in Motion New Bedford chose finalists in each category to compete. All final entries were available for review online in early June. Students, teachers and the general public were encouraged to vote for their favorite entries in each category.
Six entries from Gomes Elementary School students and their teachers were chosen as finalists—more than any other school in New Bedford. Two of their entries won 1st prize awards in the Video and Artwork categories; four other entries won Honorable Mention Awards.
Prizes for each 1st place award included $100 to each student (up to 5) working on the entry, $200 to their sponsoring teacher, and $300 for their school. Honorable Mention awards included $50 to each student (up to 5) working on the entry, $75 to their sponsoring teacher and $100 for their school.
Gomes Elementary School students and teachers were commended for their great effort by Mayor Mitchell, who presented awards and certificates to all of the winners.