: This is a photograph of a young boy smiling at the camera as a smock is fastened around his neck by his teacher. The image was submitted by photographer John Sheckler of Middletown, Ohio, in the Professional category of the Spirit of Ohio Bicentennial Photo Contest. Sheckler provided a caption on the photograph's reverse that reads, "A head start school time to finger paint." Head Start, created in 1965, is a federally-funded child development program providing school readiness, health and family support for low-income children below kindergarten age.
In August 1976, the Ohio American Revolution Bicentennial Advisory Committee (OARBAC) began the Spirit of Ohio Bicentennial Photo Contest as part of a larger effort in Ohio to celebrate the 1976 American Bicentennial. The contest was meant to document "the spirit and character of the people and places which represent Ohio during [the] bicentennial year," and to create a permanent photographic archive of the year's festivity for use by future researchers. Both professional and amateur photographers submitted over 500 photographs for consideration, all taken within the state between January 1 and December 31, 1976. View on Ohio Memory.
: SA2734AV_B02F13_01_01 Subjects
: American Revolution Bicentennial (1976); Children; Education; African American Ohioans; Child care; Arts and crafts Places
: Middletown (Ohio); Butler County (Ohio)