CCC announces coloring book winners

By JoAnna Swanson | Mar 19, 2014
Photo by: Donated COLORING TIME — Pictured are Jenny Wood, cultural arts director of Haywood County Schools, and Ron Moss, supervisor of elementary schools, holding a coloring book.

The Commission for a Clean County (CCC), Haywood County’s land-based environmental board, recently sponsored a coloring book contest for all kindergartners and first-graders in the county’s nine elementary schools. Approximately 1,200 students participated.

To emphasize the CCC’s “Keep It Clean” slogan, the contest was designed to teach children not to litter, as litter spoils the natural beauty of the county.

In their art classes, students drew a black-and-white picture with a “Do Not Litter’ theme. A panel of judges from the schools picked winners from each school — one kindergartener and one first-grader. The exception was Hazelwood Elementary, which had two first-grade winners, since kindergarten does not have an art class.

The 18 winning pictures, plus a cover, were professionally printed at Print Haus in Waynesville and all 1,200 students received one of these coloring books.

The 18 winners were announced at the CCC’s annual Community Pride Awards program held in February at the Waynesville Inn.

The kindergarten winners were Emmerson Rhinehart of Bethel Elementary; Caleb Coffman of Central Elementary; Chloe Hannon of Clyde Elementary; Bryson Matthews of Jonathan Valley Elementary; London Thomas of Junaluska Elementary; Maddy Singleton of Meadowbrook Elementary; Courtney Ball of North Canton Elementary; and Hunter McMahan of Riverbend Elementary.

The first-grade winners were Eliya Mason Henson of Bethel Elementary; Ava Grace Quigley of Central Elementary; Amy Vu of Clyde Elementary; Canaan Gentry and Candice Kemp of Hazelwood Elementary; Sierra Sellars of Jonathan Valley Elementary; Rachel Boyd of Junaluska Elementary; Cheyenne Thomason of Meadowbrook Elementary; Kennedy Connard of North Canton Elementary; and Hannah Noland of Riverbend Elementary.

The CCC is devoted to promoting public awareness of the health, financial and aesthetic benefits of a clean and beautiful county. It is a non-profit 501c3 organization and all volunteer, currently with 12 board members.