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It's time to sharpen your pencils for the Doodle 4 Google competition. You've probably noticed that Google gives its logo makeovers to celebrate special holidays, birthdays, and events. Usually, a man named Dennis Hwang draws these Google Doodles, but Google is giving US students in grades K-12 the opportunity to design a doodle for the Google homepage. Whether students want to find a cure for cancer or take a trip to the moon, it all starts with art supplies and some 8.5" x 11" paper. In addition, one lucky student artist will take home a $15,000 college scholarship and $25,000 technology grant for their school, among many other prizes. The winning doodle will be featured on the homepage on May 20, 2011.


This year's theme is "What I'd Like to Do Someday..." Based on feedback, Doodle has made some changes to the 2011 contest:

• Parents Can Register Their Kids: Now, in addition to schools, parents and legal guardians can directly register their K-12 students in the contest and submit their doodles.
• No Cap On Doodles Per School: There is no cap on how many doodles each school, After School Program, or family can send in. Just remember, only one doodle per child. This means that I don't have to limit the school submissions to six this year!
• A Variety Of Guest Judges: This year, a group of guest judges, including Whoopi Goldberg, Actress/Comedian/TV Talk Show Host, Jim Davis, Creator of "Garfield", and Evan Lysacek, Gold Medalist for Ice Skating, and several other well known cartoonists, animators and illustrators will help judge the contest and attend the final awards ceremony to personally congratulate our winners.

If your child would like to participate, please go to to find necessary forms, rules, and samples. All entries need to be postmarked by March 16th.

Please be sure to let us know if your child enters! Good luck!

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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.