Spreading kindness through art: community, unity emphasized in new student exhibition – The Daily Reporter

GREENFIELD – Community, kindness and unity shine with vibrant color and imagination in a new local student art exhibition at Hancock Regional Hospital.

The Hancock County Kids’ Art Contest was hosted this spring in partnership with the Greenfield community, Hancock Health and the Healthy365 Connection Center. Over 140 entries were submitted by K-12 students, with the winning artists coming from all school institutions throughout Hancock County.

On May 18, the winners attended a reception and received a cash prize, art baskets, and an appreciation—mixed with some fun with Hank, the orange kindness frog and Hancock Health mascot.

The new exhibit can be seen in a corridor between the emergency room and the hospital’s cardiac departments, led by a bright orange painting of “Hank’s Hoppy Hall”.

“We are excited to display the artwork of our youngest community members,” said Steve Long, CEO of Hancock Health, in a press release. “It’s a cheerful symbol of hope that both our staff and patients will enjoy in the months to come.”

First place winners in each age category were Marmina Rafael, Grades K-2; Abigail Wasson, grades 3-4; Camilla Aldridge, grades 5-6; Fallyn White, grades 7-8; Penelope Dearth, grades 9-10; and Brianna McConnell, grades 11-12.

Second place winners were Johnny Mackey, Class K-2; Avery Breberich, Grades 3-4; Dellen Douglass, Grades 5-6; Kennedy took grades 7-8; and Grace Combs, grades 9-10.

Third place winners were Paisley Fields, Class K-2; Kaylee Ford Class 3-4; Quinn Muterspaugh, grades 5-6; Madi Moss, Grades 7-8; and Savanah Hardin, grades 9-10.

The top 15 artist entries were also posted to the Greenfield Community Facebook page for an audience award. The site’s followers voted Marmina Rafael’s contest entry for first place, Fallyn White for second, and Penelope Dearth for third.

Winning entries submitted by a local class teacher or art teacher also received grants. Greenfield Central teachers receiving grants include Laura Salee, Lyndsay Ortwein, Donna Knecht-Strong, Monica Holden and Lisa Sears. Mt. Vernon teachers who will receive grants are Jessica Buell, Lydgia Palmer, Jeff Crague and Steven Wheeler. Southern Hancock teacher Dawn Lowe also receives a scholarship.

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