MOUNT VERNON – Winners of the county wide coloring and essay contest initiated by the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities to celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness month gathered Tuesday to receive their awards. 1040 students from all of Knox County’s public schools submitted their entries. Students were given information to help them appreciate diversity and consider how to people with differences. They then colored picture of a diverse group of children and wrote a few sentences about what diversity or inclusion means to them.
The winners were selected by ICAN2, a group of adults with disabilities who advocate for positive changes to make the community more accessible for all.
One classroom was selected for a prize as well as first, second and third place winners in the age groups of grades kindergarten to second and third through fifth. Winners were provided with gift certificates to Paragraphs Bookstore. Mrs. Warner’s classroom at East Knox elementary was awarded a $100 gift certificate to Paragraph’s Bookstore. The students that won in grades kindergarten to second were: 1st Raylee Harry, 2nd Hailey King, 3rd Jared B. In grades three through five the winners were: 1st Kristen Cobb, 2nd Haider Potter, 3rd Alexis Cook.
Student coloring and Essay Contest winners (left to right): Raylee Harry (1st place), Kristen Cobb (1st place), Alexis Cook (3rd place), Hailey King (2nd place), Not pictured: Haiden Potter (2nd place), Jared B. (3rd place). -photo submitted
The community can see displays of the submitted works across the county including at: MVNU, Kenyon College Wright Center, First Knox National Bank in Fredericktown and Danville, the Howard Post Office and Killbuck Savings Bank in Danville.