The Burt County Plaindealer is very excited to bring to you this special publication our young students have put together for our area businesses. The brand new “Design An Ad” project was established to foster creativity in our elementary school kids. Earlier this year, every K-6 elementary class room in Burt County was sent a packet with instructions for students to “Design An Ad” for their favorite area business. Classrooms were encouraged to use this as a learning tool for their students and they had the choice to pick any business in Burt County to feature. They then designed an ad for the business to use to promote their company.

The ads that were designed and returned back to the Plaindealer were provided to each business with an opportunity to sponsor it in this special feature. For each sponsored ad you see here in this publication, the Burt County Plaindealer and the company which sponsored it is donating $6 back to the designer’s classroom. Area businesses featured were very excited to see the students' artwork. While not every student’s work was “sponsored” they were all appreciative of their work. And many of these businesses have the student designers ads hanging up at their establishment.

This special project offers young children the chance to gain a greater understanding of marketing, use their creativity and gain experience in how local newspapers play a role in communication. We had a panel of judges review each grade level’s ads and select the best designs which were awarded a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prize.

A huge thank you to the teachers and students who made submissions!

Overall, the Burt County Plaindealer and these great sponsors raised over $1,000 to be donated back to the classrooms and towards prizes for our winning designs.

We hope you enjoy looking through these ads and what it is like to see a business through a child’s eyes. We sincerely thank our sponsors, teachers, students and everyone involved in putting this together. Please support the businesses that were kind enough to sponsor these young artists' work.