Young artists in the Anoka-Hennepin School District conveyed a shared messaged in thousands of posters: “Stop and Think: Bullying Hurts!”
It’s the theme of this year’s anti-bullying poster contest, the 10th the district has hosted.
Students in all grade levels had the opportunity to design a poster, and on Election Day, Nov. 5, Educational Service Center staff and visitors voted for their favorites.
The following contest winners were recognized at a school board meeting Dec. 9:
Kindergarten: Payton McKnight, Andover Elementary School; First grade: Madison Reil, Ramsey Elementary School; Second grade: Carmen Shimek, Ramsey Elementary School; Third grade: Jaxon Fagerberg, Franklin Elementary School; Fourth grade: Skylar Walberg, Andover Elementary School; Fifth grade: Jennifer Isaykina, Ramsey Elementary School; Sixth grade: Kira Balentine, Jackson Middle School; Seventh grade: Brianna Xiong, Anoka Middle School for the Arts; Eighth grade: Tran Pham, Jackson Middle School; Ninth grade: Megan Beckman, Anoka High School; 10th grade: Linnea Groscost, Coon Rapids High School; 11th grade: Chase Moen, Anoka High School; and 12th grade: Kendra Lueck, Anoka High School.
“I believe the quality of these posters speaks to the unique ability of art to address complex and crucial issues that face our community,” said Barry Scanlon, prevention coordinator for the district. “Our district has a number of young and passionate artists who care about equity, fairness and safety.”
The Horace Mann Educators Corporation, which has sponsored the contest for years, awarded bikes to elementary winners and Kindle e-readers to secondary winners.
“This was very personal this year,” said Megan Culver, an agent with Horace Mann who helps coordinate the contest.
At the board meeting, Culver spoke of her 9-year-old daughter who is biracial and occasionally bullied at school.
“I just want to say thank you to all of the students because you guys are the ones who are making the difference,” Culver said. “You guys are the ones who are standing up.”
The winning posters will be displayed on the Anoka-Hennepin website, in the lobby of the Educational Service Center and in schools throughout the district.
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