This year doodles had to answer the prompt, "I show kindness by…”

By Melissa Mills
September 23, 2020
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Credit: Courtesy of Google

For over a decade, Google's "Doodle for Google" contest has allowed K-12 students from around the country to submit their artwork for the chance to receive a scholarship—and to be featured on Google's homepage, of course.

This year, the Google Doodle contest was all about doodling for kindness. On January 6, 2020, Google announced the 2020 theme: “I show kindness by…” Through their art, tens of thousands of contest participants had to show how they show demonstrate kindness in their everyday lives and among their families, schools, and communities.

The 2020 Doodle for Google winner, Sharon Sara, is a fifth grader from Frisco, Texas. The winning doodle, which she titled, "Together As One," depicts six girls—of different shapes, sizes, and colors—holding hands.

The inspiration behind the doodle for kindness was simple: inclusion and acceptance. “People have not wanted to be my friend because of how I look, so I decided to draw what I do," Sara said. "No matter what people look like, you look on the inside and then decide if you want to be their friend.” 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott even congratulated Sara on her win. “Sharon’s artwork reminds us of the importance of unity and kindness towards others, especially during these challenging times," Abbot told Google. "We look forward to joining the hundreds of millions of people across the country who will see this inspiring artwork displayed on the Google homepage. On behalf of the State of Texas, I want to say how proud we are of Sharon’s achievement, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this bright young Texan.”

As the national winner, Sara's doodle for kindness will be displayed on Google's homepage for 24 hours (today!) and she'll receive a $30,000 college scholarship, a $50,000 technology package, Google hardware, and, yes, some fun Google swag.

Sara beat out four other national finalists from Hawaii, Louisiana, New Jersey, and Oklahoma—out of thousands of submissions and 54 finalists over a range of grades. The four other young finalists will also have their artwork featured and will each receive a $5,000 scholarship as well as Google goodies.

“Kindness means to not look at someone from the outside, but look at their personality, and being open to their friendship," Sara said. Wise words from a fifth grader that we could all use to remember in this day and age. 

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