FREEHOLD, NJ – Spring is the season when New Jersey’s fourth graders study the State of New Jersey as part of their social studies curriculum.

Monmouth County’s Constitutional Officers – Surrogate Rosemarie D. Peters, County Clerk M. Claire French and County Sheriff Shaun Golden – are inviting Monmouth County’s fourth graders to help showcase what they like best about Monmouth County by having the students create posters that fit the theme “My County.”

“The design and content of a poster is up to a fourth graders imagination,” Peters said. “The artwork can depict something special and unique to Monmouth County including our county government. I look forward to seeing some of Monmouth County’s best features depicted in this youthful perspective.”

Rules for the contest are straightforward:

  • Posters must be on standard 22-inch by 28-inch poster board
  • The words “Monmouth County” must appear at the top of the poster in 4-inch letters with black marker.
  • The student’s name, teacher’s name and school must be printed neatly in the lower right-hand corner on the back of the poster.

“The best part of this poster contest is that our local fourth graders can gain an understanding of what county government does each and every day,” County Clerk M. Claire French said.

“The county is responsible for road maintenance, jails, mortgages and deed recording, voting procedures, protection of the rights of minors, parks, libraries, and much more,” County Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “Our county winners always impress us with their knowledge of the county and their ability to relay their thoughts artistically.”

Posters must be mailed or delivered to the Monmouth County Surrogate’s Office no later than Friday, April 22 at 1 East Main St., Room 118, Freehold, NJ 07728.

Invitations to participate in the contest have been sent to all Monmouth County school principals. Information about the contest is also available on the county Web site.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be selected. Each winning fourth-grade artist will receive a prize and be invited to the Surrogate’s Office in Freehold for a photo session with the Surrogate, Sheriff and County Clerk.

The contest is sponsored statewide by the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey to commemorate National County Government Month in April.

Constitutional Officers Association members in each of the New Jersey’s 21 counties will select a winning poster from the entries in their county.

All posters become the property of the Constitutional Officers Association and the County of Monmouth; selected posters may also appear on a published calendar.  Submission of a poster grants the Constitutional Officers Association permission to display a poster in public places.

For details about the poster contest, log onto www.visitmonmouth.com or contact Kathy Reitsma in the Surrogate’s Office at 732-431-7330, Ext. 7331.