Statue of Liberty Picture Contest Announced

Celebrates Lady Liberty s 120th Anniversary

New York, NY (October 2006) October 28, 2006 marks the 120th Anniversary of the Statue of Liberty s unveiling and dedication in New York Harbor. In celebration of this historic milestone, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation has announced a Statue of Liberty Picture Contest for children in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.

Lady Liberty is our most powerful symbol of freedom, opportunity and the American Dream. Since 1886 she has welcomed millions of immigrants to America s shores and remains an inspiration to those arriving today to begin a new life in the land of the free. Across the generations immigrants have shared their stories of arrival and memories of the Statue with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation invites all elementary school children grades K-5 to use this beloved icon as an inspiration for a drawing. Each entry must be created on a standard 8.5-inch by 11-inch sheet of paper (either landscape or portrait orientation). The drawing must be an original artwork and may not be a copy of another person s photograph, poster, drawing or other image. Drawings can be created with pencil, pen, marker, crayon, or any other drawing instruments. Only one entry per child will be permitted. In addition to receiving prizes, the finalists and winners will have their drawings featured on www.statueofliberty.org.

The contest will run from October 12, 2006 through January 31, 2007. All submissions must be made under a parent or guardian s supervision with the completed entry form and mailed to:

The Statue of Liberty Picture Contest

c/o The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

292 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor

New York, NY 10017-7769

For complete details, rules and entry forms, visit www.statueofliberty.org.

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of HonorÆ and the American Family Immigration History CenterÆ. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.

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CONTACT:

Peg Zitko (212) 561-4517

pzitko@ellisisland.org

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