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GAC & DRMC Poster Contest Winners Announced

This spring, Delta Regional Medical Center has partnered with Delta Health Alliance, Pfizer, Delta Citizens Alliance and Mississippi Delta Community College to help show that hand washing is proven to be one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. The Greenville Arts Council partnered in this effort in a county-wide poster contest for elementary schools to depict Dr. Guard, a germ fighting character, to help teach students the importance of hand washing. We had over 40 students participate in the poster contest and are excited to announce the following winners:

1st place winners include:

  • Anthony Booker, 1st grader at Lucy Webb in Ms. Franklin’s class 
  • Jeremy Smith, 2nd grader at Matty Akin in Mrs. Higgins’ class
  • Christina Coates, 5th grader at Weddington in Ms. Jones’ class

2nd place winners include:

  • Jacob Taylor, Kindergartener at Leland Elementary in Ms. Clark’s class
  • Jeffery Cokley, 2nd grader at Matty Akin in Ms. Jennings’ class
  • Karman Lee, 4th grader at Weddington in Ms. Young’s class

3rd place winners include:

  • Fabian Kingdom, Kindergartener at Leland Elementary in Ms. Clark’s class
  • Jimmy Whitley, 2nd grader at Matty Akin in Mrs. Nichols’ class
  • Cameron Arendale, 4th graders at Matty Akin in Ms. Shepherd’s class

The posters will be on display at E.E. Bass Cultural Arts Center until March 8th, 2013.


The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.