Samantha, Dayana and Sofia after winning third place in ICAN Poster CompetitionThis month, three students from Everest Value School were chosen as finalists in an art contest focusing on child abuse prevention. The competition focused on bringing awareness to cyberbullying and a greater respect to peers, values our students work to demonstrate every day.

Fifth and sixth grade students Sofia, Samantha, and Dayana won third place among a city-wide competition of nearly 20,000 applicants!

The ICAN - Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Poster Contest focuses on the health and well-being of children and provides a comfortable forum for discussion in the classroom. The contest emphasizes the importance of child abuse prevention and gives children an opportunity to convey the importance of prevention through self expression and art.

Art is important because it makes people feel like someone knows what they're going through..."
-- Samantha, Everest Value School 5th Grader

"I'm proud of myself," admits fifth grader Samantha, talking about the impact the project has had on her. "When I draw, it makes me happy and excited. My sister taught me to draw, and that makes me feel close to her."

The power of art was not lost on Samantha. She recognized her work's impact was even more important than her award.

"Art is important because it makes people feel like someone knows what they're going through," she continues. "Doing this changed me because it helps people when they see the art, and the art shows us how to stop hurting one another. I can make people happier and help people not get hurt."

Twenty-five city-wide finalists presented before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at their Board Meeting on April 3rd. The Board of Supervisors recognized the students and teachers, and talked about the importance of Child Abuse Prevention.

Samantha, Dayana and Sofia's winning anti-bullying posters!
Everest Value Schools art teacher Ana Martinez has watched Sofia, Samantha, and Dayana's skills develop over the last year. The ICAN poster contest was one of many art projects Ms. Martinez has helped shepherd, developing students' skills along the way.

"They all feel like they've accomplished a lot," explains Ms. Martinez. "They've gotten better, their art is stronger, and it makes us and their families very proud."

Congratulations to our ICAN Inter-Agency Council on Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Poster Contest winners!

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