Poster artists recognized by Shoreview council


Courtesy of City of Shoreview • A group of 20 fourth-graders were honored for their entries in the Shoreview Human Rights Commission’s 25th annual art poster contest during the Feb. 5 Shoreview City Council meeting.

This year, the Shoreview Human Rights Commission’s 25th annual art poster contest commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The contest, themed “One Community of Many Colors,” prompted fourth-graders from Emmet D. Williams, Island Lake, St. Odilia and Turtle Lake elementary schools to create posters that include people of different races and cultures interacting positively with each other. 

Ten winners and 10 honorable mentions were recognized at the Feb. 5 Shoreview City Council meeting. Each were judged by expression of the theme, clarity of the message, quality of the art, attractiveness, usage of the whole paper and correct spelling.

“It’s the best meeting of the year in terms of how you feel when you walk out the door,” said Mayor Sandy Martin, adding that the winners were very excited, some nervous, to be formally honored by the council. 

Parents, grandparents, extended family and friends of the fourth-graders being recognized filled the council chambers, Martin said, requiring people to bring in extra chairs. 

There were 280 total participants. 

“It gets bigger and better every year,” said Martin, who has been mayor for 22 of the 25 years of the poster contest. 

“We now have some people who participated that have kids that participated and just won,” she said. “I have [adults] that come up to me and say, ‘I don’t know if you remember me, but I was in the contest in fourth grade.’”

 


— Solomon Gustavo

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