Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn!

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month in March, BIAV hosted its first Brain Injury Awareness Poster Contest.  The contest was open to students in grades K-8 across the state.  The goal of the contest was for youth to become involved in brain injury awareness.  We were pleased to receive 48 entries from students from across Virginia; Richmond, Chester, Midlothian, Hampton and Virginia Beach.  Students were asked to learn about brain functions, injuries and prevention techniques through a variety of resources including websites, books and videos.  BIAV offered themes for students to focus their posters: Safety on Wheels (bike safety), Play It Safe (sport safety), Ride Safe (car safety) and Watch Your Step (home safety). 


Mrs. O’Toole’s 1st grade class at Collegiate School checked out books about the brain and spent time reading, researching and watching videos about brain injury.  She encouraged her students to include a slogan and facts about the brain in their poster design.  She shared, “My class was so excited to work on the poster contest!  They begged to work on it every day!  The kids LOVED learning about the brain!” 


With so many amazing entries, it was a real challenge for BIAV staff to choose a winner! 

There were 3 categories: K-2nd, 3rd-4th and 5th-8th.  Here are the winners! 

Actor and writer, Harvey Fierstein once said, “Art has the power to transform, to illuminate, inspire and influence.”  The Brain Injury Association of Virginia would like to sincerely thank everyone who participated in this year’s contest and helped spread brain injury awareness!   


Amanda Derian, 1st Grade, Collegiate School







Hunter Haggerty, 4th Grade, Enon Elementary








Kylie Gaskell, 8th Grade, Midlothian Middle