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Five students at Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education won awards in a poster art contest sponsored by the NAACP’s Wilson chapter.
“I am very proud,” said art teacher Carrie Nobles. “I gave them the project. They went home and did their research. I was really impressed with the in-depth visuals that they created out of this. It really shows that they are aware of how to treat others fairly and how to treat everyone equally and also their presence on social media because everyone needs to stay safe when they are on the internet.”
Students Benjamin Tinajero and Kori Wingate won first place. Yaretzi Garcia won second place. Barbara Lopez and Precious Pearce won third. Students in elementary and middle schools from across Wilson County participated. Some 60 Sallie B. Howard students turned in posters for the competition.
“My poster is about social media etiquette and it tells you about what apps and what etiquette you should have when you use them,” said fifth grader Kori Wingate. “It’s important because there are a lot of dangerous people out there and you don’t know if they are good or bad, so you have to stay safe.”
“My poster is about social justice and social justice is basically people fighting for their rights, so I decided to make different color skin hands and I made a fist and made just normal hands and they are all different skin tones,” said sixth grader Yaretzi Garcia. “On each hand I wrote what they should have. They should have braveness, peace, freedom, justice, hope, equality and they have to have trust.”
Many of the most popular apps were listed, including Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Google and Snapchat.
“There’s a cellphone and on the cellphone it’s open on the app called Instagram and there is a post that says ‘Be careful of what you say online’ and on the background ‘There is a person behind every screen,’” Barbara Lopez said, describing her poster. “It just kind of came into my mind one evening when I thought of social media.”
Fifth grader Precious Pearce designed her poster on discrimination.
“I decided to draw this poster because this little color bar of black shade meant something to me because I have been discriminated by a lot of opportunities in life because of my skin color,” Precious said. “I also drew the globe because it is not only black people that get discriminated. It says ‘I am a daughter of the Lord, for he who allows me to not be moved by the world, I do not fear because I am his. Black is beautiful. Black is not a color. It is a race, but I will never understand why some people hate.”
“I feel my students were very successful because they did the research and it is a topics that we talk about here at Sallie B. all the time,” Nobles said. “Translating that into visual images can sometimes be difficult but because they did their research and they were very thoughtful about everything, the images were able to convey that. It was a class project where we dug down deep to pull out these things and they were able to go home and put it into their poster.”