Michael visited three schools in Barnsley East today to announce and hand out prizes to the school winners of his constituency-wide competition to find a Christmas card design.
At Birdwell Primary School he revealed to a special assembly that their pupil, Millie Cawthorn age 10, is the overall winner of his competition and that her design is now on the front of hundreds of Christmas cards.
All the school winners and runners up were awarded certificates and prizes of book vouchers for taking part. Millie and her school were awarded special prizes in recognition of being chosen as the overall winner.
Commenting, Michael said, "The quality of designs just gets better and better every year. I always look forward to seeing the great designs the talented kids in Barnsley come up with.
"Millie's card design is fantastic and I can't wait to start sending it out to hundreds of local businesses, civic leaders, politicians and voluntary groups."
Millie’s winning design can be seen below. The runners up of the Birdwell Primary School were Amy Hindmarsh (left), age 11 and Jorja Faxon (right), age 8.
Cllr Charlie Wraith and Michael met the winner at Cudworth Churchfield Primary School Ella Clayton (middle), age 11 and the runners up Jude Slater (right), age 10 and Charly Devonport (left), age 9
The winner at West Meadows Primary School was Jaylen Lang (middle), age 10 and runners up were Bailey Baig-Ellis (left), age 9 and Aaron Gerstel (right), age 6
Michael invited all school children in Barnsley East to enter the competition, with the winning design used as his official 2014 Christmas card. This is being sent to hundreds of local businesses, civic leaders, politicians and voluntary groups.
It is the fifth year in succession that Michael has run the competition and it is hugely popular with both pupils and staff. The competition was judged by the Mayor of Barnsley, Cllr Tim Shepherd, the sponsors of the card and Michael and they were all very impressed with the high standard of art work submitted by pupils this year.
Michael is due to visit five more schools next week (Friday 12 December 2014) to hand out prizes and certificates to the other school winners and runners up.