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Newburyport first grader earns top award in regional drawing contest

Posted by Terri Ogan  June 6, 2013 03:38 PM

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First grader Nicholas Blanchette from the Francis T. Bresnahan school in Newburyport was one of 12 regional winners of the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s (MSBA) annual “My Ideal School” contest.

The contest, which was sponsored by Sovereign Bank, asks first graders to draw their ideal school and write a short essay describing three things they love about their school.  Over 2,500 first grade students from across the Commonwealth participated.
 
"I have a telescope. I have stained glass windows. I have porches,” Nicholas wrote in his essay. “My school will have a science dome so we will do a lot of experiments."

“We are proud to work with the State Treasurer’s Office and the School Building Authority to be the primary sponsor and supporter of such a positive event over the past seven years,” said Pat Packard, Sovereign/Santander director of government banking in a recent announcement. “Our combined efforts have helped to make for many happy first graders, parents and family members.”
 
Winners were awarded checks from Sovereign Bank, which has sponsored the event for the past seven years.

Jack McCarthy, executive director of the MSBA, said "the primary goal of the ‘My Ideal School’ contest is to promote discussion among students and teachers as to how thoughtful design and construction of schools in Massachusetts supports student learning."

The 12 winners also received awards at a State House ceremony attended by State Treasurer Steven Grossman, chair of the board of directors of the MSBA. 

“We were delighted to receive thousands of submissions for the My Ideal School contest and were deeply impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of students from across the Commonwealth,” Grossman said in a recent statement. “This contest is a great opportunity for us to engage schoolchildren because it offers them the chance to demonstrate their ideas and imagination in a thoughtful and artistic way."

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