The sight of tattered banners hanging from poles on the main drag through Walnut Grove was the motivation behind a new banner initiative launched by the arts and heritage curator of the Langley Centennial Museum.
A Walnut Grove resident herself, Kobi Christian said she couldnâ€™t help but notice the ratty condition of some of the banner flying along 88th Avenue during her commute last fall.
Admittedly, when those banners came down for the season, and a fresh coat of paint was applied to the posts, she conceived of the idea to have some new, fun banners made by local kids.
Her vision revolved around asking young children in the neighbourhood to create banners depicting life in Walnut Grove â€“ at least from their perspective.
The response was overwhelming when she approached all the local elementary schools, and invited students between Grades 3 and 5 to participate.
While some students worked on the banners during class, others â€“ like a team of young artists from Alex Hope Elementary â€“ dedicated many of their lunch hours to creating bold, powerful banners.
â€œBe as creative as you want,â€ Christian instructed the students. â€œThis is an opportunity to let your imagination run wild.â€
Teachers at each of the participating schools â€“ West Langley, James Kennedy, Gordon Greenwood, Dorothy Peacock, and Alex Hope elementaries â€“ were then tasked with picking the best five to represent their class.
And now, Christian and a team of judges have the tougher job of whittling it down to the five best â€“ overall â€“ in the Walnut Grove Banner Project.
Those five drawings will be made into banners and hung along 88th Avenue later this spring.
The sixth spot is being reserved for the banner that Langley Advance readers pick as their favourite.
Youâ€™ve been asked to pick the Peopleâ€™s Choice winner.
The names of all six winners will be unveiled at a special reception with Township Mayor Jack Froese at the museum on Saturday, April 5, from 3 to 4 p.m.
You be the judge
View all 41 of the childrenâ€™s banners, and pick your favourite.
Itâ€™s easy, view all the posters, then come back to the story and this list below and vote for the kidsâ€™ banner you prefer.
Ballots are also available at the museum.
Voting closes at 5 p.m. on March 30.