3rd Annual Back-to-School Coloring Contest

We are thrilled to present the details for our 3rd Annual Back-to-School Coloring Contest, sponsored by Dr. Gary M. Ullery, pediatrician and internal medicine specialist at BMH. This year’s theme is: “Idaho Living!” Students are asked to draw their favorite thing(s) about living in Idaho.

“We have seen so much excitement surrounding our coloring contest in the past couple of years that we are happy to be bringing it back for a third year,” says Dr. Ullery. “In addition to how fun this contest is for kids, creative activities can help children develop a variety of important skills, such as cultivating critical thinking abilities, strengthening problem-solving skills, and stimulating imagination, which leads to innovation. Coloring, in particular, can also help a child to relax and be comfortable while expressing themselves creatively.”

What You Can Win

BMH is hoping all creative coloring artists from grades K through 8 will participate for a chance to win:

  • Up to $7,500 for their school
  • $500 for their class
  • A new bike with helmet for themselves

There are three categories and three ways for schools to win:

  • Group 1: Grades K-2 ($2,500 prize for the school & $500 prize for the classroom)
  • Group 2: Grades 3-5 ($2,500 prize for the school & $500 prize for the classroom)
  • Group 3: Grades 6-8 ($2,500 prize for the school & $500 prize for the classroom)

Entry Forms for Each Group

To participate, download the entry template below:

Group 1: Grades K-2

Group 2: Grades 3-5

Group 3: Grades 6-8

For everyone participating from groups 1 and 2, they can print the entry form and color the Bingham Memorial logo with what their favorite thing is about living in Idaho.

For everyone in group 3, students can print the entry form and color a picture of what their favorite thing(s) is/are about living in Idaho.

Contest Guidelines

  • Each student may submit one colored picture no later than Friday, October 6.
  • Students can design, create, and color right on the entry form decorated with crayons, markers, paint, pencils—any way they like.
  • Any elementary or middle school aged students in eastern Idaho may participate. The more entries we receive from each school, the better chances of winning.
  • Please be sure to fill out the entry form completely so Bingham Memorial knows how to contact the winners.

All entries/submissions can be dropped off at any of the Bingham Memorial Offices in Idaho Falls, Shelley, Blackfoot, or Pocatello. To find an office, please visit:

Or, entries can be mailed to:

Bingham Memorial Hospital

ATTN: Valerie Defillippis

98 Poplar Street

Blackfoot, ID 83221

Designs will be judged by our panel of “coloring experts” and a winner will be chosen in early October. The prize will be presented to the winning student, teacher, and school on Thursday, October 19th. 

On your mark, get set, COLOR! Happy coloring and good luck!

About Gary M. Ullery, DO

Internal Medicine Specialist and Pediatrician

To learn more about Dr. Ullery, please visit: