Show & Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Library system hosts annual teen art contest

Pierce County Libraries is sponsoring its annual “Our Own Expressions Teen Writing and Art Contest” in which teenagers throughout Pierce County can show their creative talents.

The contest runs through Feb. 22 and is for students in grades seven through 12 to enter individually or as members of a team in one or all of the four categories: poetry, short story, photography and drawing. Participation is free.

Entry forms are available at any library branch or online at The library system will publish all winning entries and distribute them throughout the county’s library branches and to winning students’ schools. Cash awards will be given in three age groups; grades seven, eight, nine and 10 and 11 and 12 in the four categories.

Meeting set for attention-deficit support group

The local chapter of Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) will host guest speaker Emily McMason, of the group Evolving Parents, at its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Charles Wright Academy School, 7723 Chambers Creek Road W., Tacoma.

McMason is also a certified parent coach with the Parent Coaching Institute at Seattle Pacific University. She will be talking about the importance of nurturing a child’s emotional intelligence. For more information about the public event, call Mary Beth Cole at (253) 620-8823.

Puyallup promotes student art online

The Puyallup School District is featuring student artwork in a virtual student art gallery at the district’s website, Each week will feature a new piece of art by students from kindergarten through grade 12 and will include photography, paintings, drawings and ceramics. Each featured artist’s work will also be displayed on their own elementary, junior high and high school web page.

Compiled by Mary Anderson, staff writer