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Introducing United Through Reading’s newest contest! We’re inviting families to turn trash into treasure by decorating empty boxes they may have lying around. Inspired by our 2024 Book for the Military Child, Ty’s Travels: All Aboard, written by Kelly Starling Lyons and illustrated by Niña Mata. In the book, Ty uses his imagination to turn an empty box into a train car and take the train on an adventure. We encourage all families to participate in a creative and engaging activity during the start of summer break and peak Permanent Change of Station (PCS) season.

The contest aims to promote imaginative play, family bonding, and literacy while alleviating the stress of moving and providing a summer boredom-buster activity. Make a fort, cat condo, lemonade stand, rocket ship, castle, or train car, like Ty! Use any and all decorative materials you have and let your creativity loose. No project is too small!

To enter, take a photo or video of your empty box creation and submit it using the contest form below.

Additional, optional entries increase your chances of winning! Share your creativity on social media and inspire other families to enter using #UTRBoxArt. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram.

Multiple winners will have a chance at $50 Amazon gift cards!

Contest begins: Monday, June 3rd
Contest ends: Wednesday, July 31st*
Prizes: 40 people, chosen at random, will win a $50 Amazon gift card

United Through Reading’s #BoxArt contest is sponsored by AAFMAA and Military Moves With Britt Britt & Co EXP Realty.

American Armed Forces Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA) understands that military families like yours often must apply ingenuity and resourcefulness to all aspects of their lives. AAFMAA is a trusted provider of financial solutions and services tailored to military personnel and their families' unique needs. With an AAFMAA membership, you'll get real Member benefits designed to support you for life with financial security that will last for generations.
Visit the AAFMAA site to learn more.

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As a military spouse, Brittany Sims of Military Moves with Britt & Co. understands the unique challenges of frequently relocating and navigating the complexities of military life. She uses her experience and professional expertise to help military families find homes that meet their needs and make the relocation process as smooth as possible.
Visit Military Moves with Britt & Co. to learn more.

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*Winners will be notified within seven (7) days of the random draw selection, which will happen within three (3) days of the contests' close. Winners will have seven (7) days to respond before an alternate is chosen. The entry form requires cookies to be enabled.

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