Holiday Greeting Card Contest

The Susan Marie Rupp Foundation’s Holiday Card Contest began in November 2010. The contest’s plan was that elementary students from Susan Marie (McCullen) Rupp’s hometown of Pine Hill, New Jersey would draw what the winter holidays meant to them and their family. Then, the designs would be judged, and the winning design would be used as our foundation’s official holiday card mailed to its volunteers, friends, lawmakers, and healthcare professionals.

We received almost 100 submissions the first year from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade students in the Dr. Albert M. Bean Elementary School, where Susan was an instructional aide for a dozen years, and admired the hundreds of children she worked with over the years. Entries were judged based on the message portrayed by the drawing, and the artist’s talent for his/her age group. Winners received a savings bond towards their college education for their designs.

Our foundation sent out 150 copies of the card in 2010. The following year, the John H. Glenn Elementary School joined in the competition and the foundation received more than 200 colorful submissions. Just like the number of submissions grew from local students, so did our foundation’s mailing list – over 500 cards were mailed each year.