Georgia Day Classroom Banner Competition

Dates: December 8, 2021-February 1, 2022

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The entry period has ended. Please check back on February 11 as we announce the winners!

Elementary and middle schools are invited to participate in Classroom Banner Competition. Students design banners based on the theme, “Georgia’s People and Places” and march behind their banners during the parade. After being reviewed and judged for their creativity and use of Festival educational resources, banner winners for the elementary and middle school levels will be announced and presented with trophies at the conclusion of the parade.

Please note that the Classroom Banner Competition will be held online, regardless of the status of the Georgia Day Parade or any cancellations due to weather or COVID-19 restrictions. Classroom banners should be designed to be carried during the parade. Please submit images of banners for judging online.

  • Submissions online.
  • Winning projects will be announced at the culmination of the Georgia Day Parade on February 11, 2022 and featured online and through GHS social media.


Georgia Day 2022 Theme

In keeping with the Georgia History Festival (GHF) theme, From Marshes to Mountains, Georgia’s Changing Landscape: Geography, History, and Community,” this year’s Georgia Day Statewide Art Contest and Georgia Day Parade Banner Competition are meant to challenge students to explore “Georgia’s People and Places.” Through creativity students should illustrate how Georgians were impacted by the world around them and how they influenced their own environments.

“Georgia’s People and Places” Topics to Explore:

Interpreting the annual theme is one of the most important parts of participating in the Georgia Day Parade Banner Competition or Statewide Student Art Contest. Need inspiration? Check out one or more of the following suggested topics that can be explored within the theme, “Georgia’s People and Places”:

  • Illustrate the geography and culture associated with one of the following historic figures or groups in Georgia:
    • James Oglethorpe
    • Tomochichi
    • Mary Musgrove
    • Sequoyah and Cherokee
    • Creek
    • Jackie Robinson
    • Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Juliette Gordon Low
    • Jimmy Carter

  • Describe the role that physical geography played in Georgia’s development as a colony or state.
  • Identify specific geographic locations significant to the life and times of one of Georgia’s historic figures or groups on a political or physical map such as Oglethorpe’s relationship to Savannah and Britain or the Cherokee located in North Georgia
  • Describe how one of Georgia’s historic figures or groups have adapted to and were influenced by their environment, such as Tomochichi adapting to the arrival of British colonists by creating an alliance.
  • Describe how the region in which Georgia’s historic figures or groups lived affected their lives and compare these regions to the region in which students live, such as the influence of Martin Luther King, Jr. growing up in segregated Atlanta and how Atlanta has changed over time
  • Describe the regions in Georgia where the Creek and Cherokee lived and how they used their local resources to create tools, clothing, homes, food, ways of making a living, and accomplishments
Classroom Banner Competition Guidelines

Please note that ALL Classroom Banner submissions will be submitted online. GHS will not accept physical banners at its JHEC building.

  • The banner competition is open to any group or elementary or middle school classroom participating in the Georgia Day Parade on February 11, 2022 (Register to participate in the Georgia Day Parade).
  • Entry is free.
  • Each banner entry must be an original design.
  • Each banner should be designed to be carried while marching. For banner judging, submissions will be online.
  • Banner entries should reflect student work guided by adults.
  • Banners must conform to the following measurements:
    • Maximum size–72′′x 36′′
    • Minimum size–56′′x 28′′5
  • Banners will be judged on these criteria (see the banner competition scoring rubric):
    • Interpretation of Theme
    • Originality
    • Creativity, Neatness
    • Overall Presentation
  • Banners from previous years and school banners are not eligible for judging.
  • Banners must be submitted as an image or with multiple images. (You may submit up to three images per banner.)
  • You must also submit an additional photo of your students with their banner resulting in no more than four image submissions per banner).
  • Banner images must be in .jpg or .png format.
  • By submitting images to GHS, you are transferring the right to use or reproduce images of banners, including images with people, in GHS publications and on all GHS social media platforms.
  • Banners will be judged by GHS staff members.
  • Deadline for submission is February 1, 2022.

Submissions for the Georgia Day Parade Classroom Banner Competition should be made at the Georgia History Festival website.

Winners of each contest will be announced online during the program at the conclusion of the Georgia Day Parade on February 11, 2022. Click here to register for the Georgia Day Parade and Classroom Banner Competition.

Educator Resources

Classroom Resource:

Georgia’s People and Places Teacher Guide

  • A guide for K-12 educators teaching the theme for the Georgia Day Parade Classroom Banner Competition and Statewide Student Art Contest.
  • Includes online resources, hands-on primary source activities, and background information for historical figures featured in the Georgia Standards of Excellence for second grade, focusing on each figure’s cultural and geographic context.

Classroom Resource:

People and Places: Studying Georgia History through Art, a Classroom Activity Guide 

  • Classroom activities to explore history through art and practice visual literacy skills.
  • Aligned for second and eighth grade social studies GSE.
  • Features artists from Georgia as well as primary sources from GHS.
  • Students analyze various pieces of artwork to determine how artists have reflected people, geography, and culture throughout Georgia’s history.

Informational Teacher Webinar:

Georgia Day Parade and Banner Competition: Theme, Resources, and Teaching Strategies (for K-12 educators)

January 6, 2022, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Registration is required.

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GHS hosts a one-hour informational webinar for teachers interested in the annual Georgia Day Parade and Classroom Banner Competition. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions, register for the parade and banner competition, and learn how to use GHS classroom resources and teaching strategies to support teaching the competition theme, "Georgia’s People and Places."