Enter the #SafeHolidaysOR Student PSA Video Contest!

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Governor Brown asks Oregon students to design PSAs on how to safely celebrate the holidays

STATEWIDE – Although the weather is getting colder and the leaves are starting to fall, Oregon’s Covid-19 cases continue to rise. As a result, the holiday season is going to look different this year. The most common way of Covid-19 spreading has been shown to be group gatherings – a common occurrence during the holidays. The Oregon Health Authority has said that people in their 20s continue to be the most likely to test positive for Covid-19. 

This month, Governor Brown launched her Covid-19 #SafeHolidaysOR Public Service Announcement video contest, open to all Oregon students, who are either attending a school located in Oregon, or who are living in Oregon while attending school out of state, asking them to create and share a video on how we can safely celebrate the holidays this year. 

Students are asked to answer the question: “How Do You Plan to Celebrate the Holidays Safely?” in a 30-second-or-less PSA.

Governor Brown is looking forward to seeing how creative Oregon students can get in developing ways to safely celebrate the holidays this year, and looks forward to video chatting with the winner.

Some ideas from the Oregon Health Authority about things to consider for safer holiday celebrations; you may incorporate any of these into your video. Remember to limiting social gatherings to your household, or no more than six people if the gathering includes people from outside your household!

LOW-RISK WAYS TO CELEBRATE:

  • Holding virtual parties and meetings with your loved ones
  • Sharing gifts with your family members
  • Virtual prayer sessions to observe religious holidays
  • Visiting uncrowded outdoor venues, like Christmas tree farms, with members of your own household
  • Hosting socially distanced outdoor gatherings instead of indoor gatherings, e.g., with heat lamps in groups of less than 6 people
  • Driving with members of your own household to view holiday light displays
  • Gift shopping online

FOOD SAFETY AND COVID-19 GUIDELINES INCLUDE:

  • Serve food in individual sized serving sizes and allow only 1 person up to a food table at any one time
  • Face coverings should always be used around communal food tables
  • Attendees at outdoor events should be seated 6 feet apart from each other and away from any communal food displays
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and dry them with paper towels before and after eating.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after sneezing and blowing your nose.
  • Wear a face-covering when preparing food.


HOW TO ENTER:

Submit a PSA in video format through this form, now through December 18th. Limit content to 30 seconds maximum. Eligible videos will be categorized into three different age groups: K-6, 7-12, and College. Governor Brown will then choose top videos from each age category. The top videos will be shared across Governor Brown’s social media accounts. The winners will also be invited to participate in a VIDEO CHAT WITH GOVERNOR BROWN!

If you have any issues submitting your video, please email your submission directly to Sarah Dean at [email protected] along with your name, city, school, and PSA title. Good luck!


Rules:

  1. Participation is open to all students, in grades K-6, 7-12, and college, who are either attending a school located in Oregon, or who are living in Oregon while attending school out of state.
  2. Students who are minors must have permission from a parent or guardian to enter.
  3. PSA Videos must:
    • Answer the question: “How Do You Plan to Celebrate the Holidays Safely?”
    • Be 30 seconds or less.
    • Observe proper physical distancing and other public health recommendations.
    • Be student created. An adult may assist with the video editing and filming, but the content must be student created.
  4. PSA Videos must NOT:
    • Use music that is copyrighted. Royalty-free music websites such as freeplaymusic.com offer songs that can be used without violating copyright.
    • Use images of any kind that are copyrighted. Royalty-free image websites such as pixabay.com provide images that can be used without violating copyright.
    • Include violations of physical distancing or other COVID safety requirements.
    • Contain non-factual information, content promoting hate or discrimination, or other offensive content.
    • Include audio, images, or other footage of other people without their permission, and, if the video includes minors, without their parent/guardian’s permission.
  5. PSAs that do not comply with contest rules will be disqualified.
  6. By submitting, you consent to have your submission featured on Governor Brown’s social media accounts. If your video is selected, you and your parent/guardian, if applicable, may be required to sign permission form.

About Author

Sarah Dean is a Press Assistant with the Governor's Communication team.

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