Paint the sky, so to speak.
Image: Courtesy Alaska Airlines

‘Ohana / I’ve always thought that students get the best deals on everything. (Maybe it’s to compensate for being in the middle of the WORST TIME OF THEIR LIVES. I’m not jealous.) Add to the list of awesome opportunities Alaska Airlines’ Paint the Plane Contest, which focuses on the theme “Spirit of the Islands.”

All students in grades K–12 (including public, private and home school programs) are welcome to submit a design for a chance at having a 737 fly around 95 cities with their artwork displayed on it for the next few years.

“We thought it would be a neat idea to find out what our keiki feel is important about our island home by giving them a larger-than-life canvas to work with,” says Alaska Airlines’ Daniel Chun, Regional Manager of Sales & Community Marketing–Hawaii. And as if that’s not enough, the grand prize winner will also get a trip for four to any Alaska Airlines destination, plus a $5,000 scholarship. An honorable mention from each grade level (except the winner’s level) will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“We wanted the focus of this contest to be on education, so it was a natural fit to partner with both the Hawaii State Department of Education and the Hawaii Association of Independent Schools,” says Chun. The judging panel includes Hawaiian Studies Professor Maile Andrade from UH, Chef Sam Choy, singer/songwriter Henry Kapono and others. The contest runs through Nov. 30.

For design templates, contest rules and how to enter, visit [painttheplanehawaii.com]