The Arc Maryland, in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, Maryland Department of Disabilities, and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, is pleased to announce Easton High School and their student are recent awardees of the “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Campaign and Drawing Contest.
The “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Drawing Contest is part of a state-wide elementary, middle, and high school campaign to promote disability awareness and provide students with an opportunity to explore and appreciate the diverse abilities and talents of all classmates. This year, over 70 entries were received. Artwork was selected for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards based on messaging, use of medium, and promotion of the contest theme, “Together We’re Better!” The chosen drawings are being incorporated into a Children’s Coloring Book that will be published later this spring.
Photo: Madeline Morrell (left) with her drawing and (top right) First Lady Yumi Hogan; Marcella Franczkowski, MSDE Assistant State Superintendent; Carol Beatty, Secretary of Maryland Department of Disabilities; Rachel London, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council Executive Director; and Ande Kolp, The Arc Maryland Executive Director.
Easton High School is home to the 3rd prize awardee! Madeline Morrell (12th grade) was awarded third place in the drawing contest in a special virtual presentation held on February 9, 2021 by Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan, MSDE Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski, and MDOD Secretary Caroll Beatty. Maddie received a gift card for her achievement.
Easton High School received an award donation in the amount of $100 from The Arc Maryland. The Arc Maryland congratulates Easton High School on their commitment to inclusion!
Artwork submitted to the contest will be displayed virtually throughout Maryland on library social media pages, other public venues online, as well as in a published Coloring Book for younger children.
To view some of the 2020-2021 artwork submissions, please visit The Arc Maryland website: http://www.thearcmd.org/programs/twb/