Student artwork to benefit school district’s college fund

Claire Mathiesen, Bloom

Staff Report

Five Rockford Public School District 205 students have been selected as winners of the inaugural Superintendent’s Art Contest.

The students were among nearly three dozen others who submitted artwork for the competition, which promotes the arts, encourages creative expression and will, in the future, help send District 205 students to college.

The 2011-2012 winners are Ryan Bright of West Middle School; Elizabeth Finley of Walker Elementary School; Yuna Hwang and Claire Mathiesen of Bloom Elementary School; and Daniel Strohman, of Washington Gifted Academy.

A panel of community art judges and district administrators selected the winners based on craftsmanship, overall impression of the artwork, and creativity and originality.

Daniel Strohman, Washington

Their work has since been turned into blank cards that the district will sell to benefit the College for All Fund, a central component of the “Readiness Rocks!” initiatives recently outlined by the superintendent. The goal is to provide financial assistance that will help students as they follow their dreams of pursuing college degrees. To date, more than $3 million has been raised to support the fund.

Cards are available for purchase. A set, which includes five envelopes and a card featuring the artwork of each student, costs $5.

Orders can be placed via phone to (815) 966-5299 or by visiting the Communications Department on the fourth floor of the new Administration Building, 501 Seventh St., Rockford. Examples of all winning pieces are posted on the district’s website,

From the Feb. 1-7, 2012, issue

Elizabeth Finley, Walker
Ryan Bright, West

Yuna Hwang, Bloom

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