Moore Announces Student Art Contest

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State Sen. Michael Moore has announced an art contest for students that can raise $5000 for college.
State Sen. Michael Moore has announced an art contest for students that can raise $5000 for college. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri (file photo)

MILLBURY, Mass. — State Sen. Michael Moore, D-Millbury,  has announced a program to help students get money for college through an art contest.  Students in kindergarten through grade 5 in the Second Worcester District are eligible to enter the 9th annual College Savings Art Competition and win up to $5,000 for college.

The contest, which awards U.Fund College Investing Plan accounts as prizes, asks Massachusetts students to submit artwork depicting “What do I want to be when I graduate from college?”

“This contest is a creative, innovative way to introduce the idea of college to young students, and save some money along the way,” Moore said. “I hope kids throughout the district will participate in this program, and enter to win.

"I think it is a great initiative, it focuses on the arts and on the economy,” he added. “People don’t realize the benefits of having someone with the creativity people in the arts have, that can benefit our economy. We are proud to support this initiative."

The art competition, expanded this year to include six grade levels, is sponsored by MEFA (Mass Educational Financing Authority), with support from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. MEFA, the state’s nonprofit resource for families seeking college financing solutions, offers parents low-cost college loans and ways to save for college, including the U.Fund College Investing Plan, a tax-advantaged 529 college savings plan.

Nine finalists will be selected to receive three first-place prizes of $5,000 in a U.Fund College Investing Plan account, three second-place prizes of $2,000 in a U.Fund account and three third-place prizes of $1,000 in a U.Fund account.

The deadline for submitting artwork to MEFA is October 31,, 2012 at 5 p.m. Winners will be announced on or about March 31, 2013. Students must live in Massachusetts and may attend any public, private, charter or home-based school.

For more information about the College Savings Art Competition, or to receive a copy of competition rules and entry forms, visit or call 1-800-449-MEFA.

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You're both wrong (as usual). The MA Educational Financing Authority, a not-for-profit self-funded STATE agency (though they don't receive any state or federal funding) is the sponsor. And, as a state agency, they look to legislators to advertise the contest to get the word out. All Moore did was announce it, as is customary. Would you rather he didn't make this opportunity available to his constituents? Jeez, would it kill ya to do a tiny bit of research?

Im not sure what Double what does double Dipping Moore have to do with this other than announcing it..
Its a contest statewide.. Sponsored by Mefa.... certainly not his idea or creation...

Id be impressed if he used his salary or campaign account to fund this.. But no.. He'll use state money. (aka tax money).

He needs his campaign for his $400 staff meetings at the chophouse. (donors take note)

He has nothing to do with with this other than taking credit for the good work of others, to exploit it for political gain...

It's a contest sponsored by a private organization with the support the MDESE.

Not sure what Senator Moore has to do with it except to make a public statement to advertise it.

How will Simonian and the Tea Party spin this one? How about, not every kid should go to college, and they especially shouldn't study the "Arts". Or, they should borrow the $$ from their parents like Mitt Romney says and stop looking for a MEFA handout. Or, the Founding Fathers used to draw using a piece of coal on a slate, if it was good enough for them it should be good enough for us.