Happiness is “when the heart dances and the mind breathes”

Happiness is 'when the heart dances and the mind breathes'

Gluck is – yes, what is it then? As diverse as the schoolchildren of the first to 13. The answers to this question differed from class to class. Children and young people were invited to express their views on the theme of happiness to paper.

Allowed were drawings, paintings, collages, paintings or a mixture of materials with photographs. "Show us what makes you happy", this was the task of the international youth competition of the volksbanken raiffeisenbanken. It is now the 50th anniversary of the. Competition and with about 720000 participants per year the largest youth competition worldwide.

Over 4000 students took part

In the business area of the three banks: raiffeisenbank obermain nord, VR-bank lichtenfels-ebern and raiffeisen-volksbank bad staffelstein, more than 4,000 students from 32 schools participated again this school year: exactly 4639 works were submitted! A number that makes michael lieb, vice chairman of the district and bank director, very proud.

Accordingly, the jury had its work cut out for it on thursday when it had the not easy task of selecting the 75 regional winners from the 964 pictures that had made it into the first preliminary selection. These winners will be announced in april (saturday, 25 april). April) were announced in the adam-riese hall and personally awarded by district administrator christian meibner.

After that, the works are sent to munich, where the state jury selects the best pictures and sends them to the national jury and then to the european jury. The award ceremony for the winners will take place in september in the federal capital berlin.

"It is a beautiful and representative sample of what children can paint", michael lieb said. The jury that selected the local winners was made up of artists and art teachers, many of whom teach or are creative themselves.

Happiness is when the club rises

The motives of schoolchildren show that happiness is interpreted in different ways: for some elementary schoolchildren, it is already happiness when it rains and the rain gives flowers and trees, or when the club returns to the bundesliga. Many also painted their favorite animal to cuddle or romp around with. For the older players, friendship and family were the most important motives for "happiness": doing something together, going swimming, listening to music. Important for the grades 9 and higher. Class were values that cannot be paid for or acquired with money: "especially in difficult times, not to let go of the other person’s hand", a quiet moment at sunset as a silhouette or "when the heart dances and the mind breathes". One can be curious about the award ceremony on a local level.