Is the NAHMA Drug-Free Kids Calendar on Your Gift List?

Is the NAHMA Drug-Free Kids Calendar on Your Gift List?

Have you started creating your holiday gift list? Make sure you check it twice to ensure the 2023 NAHMA Drug-Free Kids Calendar is on it. The calendars are so affordable you can gift them to residents, colleagues, friends, and family. Download the order form and send it in today. The calendar cost is $5.50 each, which is a Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Agriculture allowable project expense.

Purchase calendars before Nov. 11, and you are automatically entered in the lucky draw for prizes, including NAHMA meeting registrations, books, and gift cards. There is a small shipping and handling fee for each calendar.

The calendars feature outstanding original artwork by children, seniors, and adults with special needs living in affordable multifamily housing. The underlying message for the annual calendar contest is always a drug-free theme. Still, the association wanted to open the door for more avenues of expression, so a subtheme is incorporated into the poster contest. This year’s subtheme is Healthy Is Happy: Nutrition and Fitness Propel Us Forward.

New this year, the calendar features a QR code—which can be scanned using the camera on your smart device—that takes you to a Calendar of Observances to be more inclusive. The Calendar of Observances features a diverse listing of religious observations and national and international holidays searchable by month. The calendar’s individual pages feature the observed federal holidays as determined by the United States Office of Personnel Management.

Esme Fordjour, a ninth grader from Worcester, Mass., has been named the grand prizewinner in NAHMA’s annual AHMA Drug-Free Kids poster and art contest. The talented artist’s creation will appear on NAHMA’s 2023 calendar cover. Esme, 14, also receives an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for a future NAHMA Biannual Top Issues in Affordable Housing conference, as well as a scholarship of $2,500 from the NAHMA Educational Foundation.

Typically, the contest draws hundreds of participants nationwide. Each winner of the NAHMA contest receives a $1,000 educational scholarship from the NAHMA Educational Foundation. All winners are also featured in the 2023 calendar.

Additionally, participants in the annual art contests held by the local Affordable Housing Management Associations (AHMAs) are eligible to be selected as Regional AHMA Art Contest Honorable Mentions. Those chosen for this distinction are featured in a special section of the 2023 NAHMA Drug-Free Kids Calendar and receive a $100 educational scholarship.

For the contest, the artwork is divided into categories with winners selected from each of the following: kindergarten-first grade, second-third grade, fourth-sixth grade, seventh-ninth grade, and 10th-12th grade, and finally, seniors and residents with special needs. Only students are eligible for the grand prize.

The complete list of winners and a sneak preview of their artwork can be found on the Current Winners webpage under the Awards & Contests tab.