MOUNT CARMEL - Knights of Columbua Bishop Lawrence F. Schott Council 628 is inviting Mount Carmel Area boys and girls, ages 5 to 14, to participate in the organization's internation "Keep Christ in Christmas" poster contest.

"By engaging the creative talents and imaginatiosn of young people, we hope they will come to a deeper understanding of the true spiritual meaning of Christmas," said Council 628 Grand Knight David Berezovske.

The contest will be conducted locally with winning entries advancingb to the district/region and then to state, national and international levels. The winning entries will serve as the basis for a series of new Christmas posters that encourage a deeper understanding of the holiday.

Posters must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 20. Those interested in submitting a poster can contact Berezovske at 570-205-4818 for more information and contest rules.

The posters will be distributed in the counties where the Knights are active as part of the "Keep Christ in Christmas" campaign, Berezovske said. Creative credit will be given to the winning artist.