Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams Contest

Builders of Communities and Dreams ContestThe numbers and quality of Women: Builders of Communities and Dreams’ projects submitted this year were extraordinary.  Projects were submitted in five categories – elementary, middle school, high school, community organizations, and workplaces.
Creative, innovative, and informative projects included an individual high school student designing a school newspaper with a 4 page women’s history insert, a group of elementary students creating a magazine and website honoring women Nobel Peace Prize Winners, entire classes creating special scrap books celebrating an inspirational woman in their lives as well as countless, but amazing assemblies and programs that celebrated women as builders of communities and dreams.  Some of the most comprehensive events and programs were developed by the US Army and Air Force.

Selecting a winner in each category was extremely difficult with the final deciding factor being the level of collaboration used in developing the project.  We awarded two first place prizes in the Elementary School category

Elementary School Winners
Ms. Holley Fifth Grade Class
Jackson Main Elementary School, Hempstead, NY
This classroom of fifth graders used art, writing, social studies, mathematics, and research to depict the life of an influential woman in their lives.  They created commemorative scrap books, which they then presented as a gift to the influential woman in their lives.  

Elementary School Winners
Daniel Elementary School 
Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Graders:  Lammarrah Mackay, Dominique Schaidt Francisco, Tara Adams, Cierra Cooper, Christina Crater, My’Iesha Cockheran, Francheska Bose, C’Aaliyah Greer, Deja Favors, Justice Homberger, Araceli Rios Magallanes, Katherine Garcia
These girls came together before school, after school, and at recess during Women’s History Month and created a magazine and then a website that featured the twelve women who have won the Nobel Peace Prize.  Please visit their website to fully appreciate the scope of their project http://www.kent.k12.wa.us/KSD/DE/st_proj/st_proj.htm

Middle School Winners
Higgins Middle School, Peabody, MA
Cullen Memorial Library in collaboration with the seven grade Lions cluster: N. Allen, R. Belleau, M. Berlangieri, S.Buonopane, C. Broughton, J. Carenza, E. Karas, A.Kwmutis, A. Levine, H. McCarthy, A.Maida, K. Manozzi, P. Nelson, L. Piandes, E. Reeves, E. Rubin, H. Simard, D. Votto, and their teachers E. Rauseo and S. SmollerWith special thanks to : Martha Holden, GPHCC, Deanne Healey, Peabody Chamber of Commerce, Peabody-Lynnfield Weekly News, Peabody Public Schools
This amazing web-based entry was designed to record the history of Mary Upton Ferrin, the earliest pioneer of women’s rights in Massachusetts, as well as to present oral interviews and biographical sketches of the recipients of the Mary Upton Ferrin Community Service Award.  This award has been presented by the Peabody Chamber of Commerce for the last 14 years to women serving as role models for women in the community.  Please visit their site to fully appreciate the scope of their project http://www.cullenlibrary.org/mufward/index.htm

High School Winner
GROW Gender Relationship in Our World
The Columbus Academy, Gahanna, Ohio
This high school girls’ organization, GROW, built connections with younger girls by interactive meetings and support groups, they also planned a variety of activities including the Women’s History Month Assembly, Diversity Day, and Day of Silence that were used to build connections, community, and understanding throughout the school environment.

Community Winners
Staff and residents
Vista Maria Community, Dearborn Heights, MI
Researched and created a special celebration “Tea” which included esteemed “guests” invited from different historic periods and a “women of history performance, which included both a play and singing.  The performance focused on local, national, and international women who dared to dream big and who made a commitment to equality, justice, and community building.

Workplace Winner
45th Space Wing, Air Force Space Command, United States Air Force
Patrick Air fore Bas and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station
Satellite Beach, Florida
The planning committee of approximately 14 women and men organized a series of events throughout March, National Women’s History Month.  Kicking off National Women’s History Month with a celebration on March 1st and the reading a special women’s history proclamation designed by the staff.  The Main event of the month-long celebration was the March 22nd women’s history luncheon program.  The Air Force newspaper in addition to promoting the month-long events also published 5 special women’s history articles.