SAN ANTONIO - Catholic Life Insurance is sponsoring a poster contest to commemorate the 232nd birthday of the nation's flag. The theme of this year's contest is "Free to Make a Difference."

"Catholic Life sponsors the contest each year in an effort to increase our children's awareness of the principles of liberty and justice for which our nation stands," Vice president of communications Barbara Cheaney said. "In these trying times, those principles become more important to remember."

Organizers said the design of this year's poster should include a representation of the child's plan to make a difference in America. Students are asked to share how they are positively impacting the environment, their community, etc. Creativity is strongly encouraged.

Elementary school students in grades Kindergarten through fifth may submit one original poster no larger than 20 inches-by-20 inches. Judges will evaluate posters based on eye appeal, originality and theme. Winners will receive cash awards.

Entry forms and complete contest rules may be downloaded from the company Web site: Participants in the contest do not have to be Catholic Life members or of the Catholic faith. The entry deadline is April 10.

All entries will become the property of Catholic Life Insurance and cannot be returned unless accompanied by return postage. Contact Lorie Bledsoe in the communications department at (800) 292-2548 or (210) 828-9921 Ext. 141 for further assistance.

Founded in 1901, Catholic Life Insurance offers financial services and fraternal benefits to individuals living in Texas, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi and New Mexico. As a not-for-profit entity, Catholic Life Insurance returns profits to members and the surrounding community through charitable, religious and patriotic community service projects, such as the Flag Day Poster Contest.