JNF challenges students with recycled art competition

May 1, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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As Covid-19 forced Australia and the world to stay at home, JNF Australia launched JNF Educate, an online platform to educate, entertain and engage students at home.

Creating their project

In early April, ‘ invited students from Preschool through to High school, to create a short instructional video teaching others how to make an arts, crafts or science project using recycled materials. Students were challenged to make their videos as creatively as possible and bonus points would be awarded for projects that were linked to Israel and/or JNF.

Thanks to the generous sponsorship from online bookseller Booktopia, JNF was able to offer exciting prizes as an incentive to the entrants.

The response to the challenge was overwhelming as entries started to pour in from across Australia. Projects ranged from decorative art pieces to practical objects, but all of them involved recycling in some way.

According to Yigal Nisell and Eldad Shoham, JNF Australia’s education shlichim, “it was difficult to select the winners from so many creative and thoughtful entries”.

JNF are delighted to award prizes to the following winning submissions:

First Prize: $300 voucher for Booktopia – won by Meli and Livia Levin

Siblings Meli and Livia both created wonderful Israeli and environmentally themed projects. Meli (9yo) designed an Israeli flag sprinkler attachment for a garden hose (out of a recycled carton) whilst Livia (6yo) decorated eggshells to create Israeli-themed planters.

Second Prize: $150 voucher for Booktopia – won by Ben & Daniel Balbin

Brothers Ben (8yo) and Daniel (6yo) Balbin worked together to create an Israeli flag-themed wall art using (among other things) an old pillow case, plastic bottle caps, a vinyl record and a small log! The finished artwork would look great hung in any home.

Third Prize: $50 voucher for Booktopia – Won by Ruby Levitt

Inspired by JNF’s iconic Blue Box, Ruby (10yo) created a stunning tzedakah box. She even decorated it with colourful flowers made by cutting up an empty egg carton!

Fourth Prize: $50 voucher for Riot Art – Won by Eden Lentin

Eden’s (11yo) project was timely with all of us staying at home. With not much more than some toilet rolls, glue, scissors, a stapler and some sticky tape, Eden repurposed a shopping bag into a very clever hanging storage caddy!

Fifth Prize: $50 voucher for Riot Art – Won by Erin Shuan

Erin’s (12yo) creative memory catcher had us all dreaming of our most recent trip to Israel.

JNF Australia continues to support Zionist and Environmental education in schools across Australia.   Their Education department inspires both students and teachers through the provision of interactive resources and activities.

JNF Australia would like to thank all the entrants for participating in the JNF Recycled Art Challenge. To view the winning entries, visit JNF Australia’s Facebook Page.

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