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01/28/09 8:37 PM EST

Granderson to host art contest for kids

Fourth graders encouraged to submit works for upcoming book

DETROIT -- Tigers center fielder Curtis Granderson is offering fourth-grade students in Michigan schools the chance to be illustrators for his new book, All You Can Be.

With help from the Michigan Department of Education, the Grand Kids Foundation and Triumph Books are holding a contest, inviting fourth graders across the state to submit their artwork through their school for consideration to be included in the book. The contest will be conducted in classrooms at Michigan grade schools, each of which received an information packet.

The theme for submissions is simple: How do you see yourself when you are in high school, and how is education important in helping you become that person?

Participation is 100 percent voluntary, and any art medium can be used -- such as pencil, pen, paint or collages. The one restriction is that submissions need to fit on a standard 8 1/2-by-11 inch piece of paper.

Each classroom or teacher will select a winning piece of art from the class. Teachers will be responsible for submitting the winning piece with the student's name, school, age and contact information. About 50 pieces will be chosen for the book, with other entries selected for honorable mention and posted online for family and friends to view.

Deadline for submission is Monday, Feb. 9. Entries from each class should be submitted to Triumph Books, c/o Curtis Granderson, 542 S. Dearborn St., Suite 750, Chicago, IL 60605.

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.