Maryland Courts

Annual Conflict Resolution Day
Bookmark Art Contest

2015 Bookmark WinnerEach fall, the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) observes Conflict Resolution Day, the third Thursday in October, by hosting a bookmark art contest for Maryland students in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade.  The contest provides teachers and parents an opportunity to talk with students about important conflict resolution skills, such as listening, working together to solve problems, talking to each other instead of fighting, being an ally to other students, and appreciating the differences between all of us. In addition, students have an opportunity to use their artistic skills to illustrate their own creative ideas. 

The contest includes three age-related categories: Kindergarten – 2nd Grade, 3rd – 5th Grade, and 6th – 8th Grade.  Entries are judged on both artistic merit and their conflict resolution or prevention message.  The contest has grown significantly since it began in 2005. MACRO now receives an average of 2,000 entries per year from all across Maryland.

Interested in participating?
MACRO is always interested in encouraging new schools or families to participate.  If you would like to learn more about this contest, or be on our list to receive our annual contest notice, please contact Alecia Parker at

Printed bookmarks are available.  If you would like bookmarks to distribute at your school or library, please contact MACRO at or 410-260-3540.

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