MSBA's 11th annual "My Ideal School" contest!
(back L to R) Barbara Raths from People's United Bank, MSBA Interim CEO James A. MacDonald, State Treasurer and MSBA Chair Deborah Goldberg, MSBA Deputy CEO/Executive Director Jack McCarthy, and Martin Bellovoda from People's United Bank, stand with the eleven regional winners of the 11th annual "My Ideal School" contest.
The primary goal of the "My Ideal School" contest was to promote discussion among students and teachers as to how thoughtful design and construction of schools in Massachusetts supports student engagement and 21st century learning. This contest was open to all first-grade students currently attending a Massachusetts public school.
This year, we received over 2,500 drawings and selected eleven regional winners, including our grand prize winner. We held a special awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Each winner received a special prize graciously donated by People's United Bank and presented by State Treasurer and Chair of the MSBA Board of Directors, Deborah Goldberg. During the ceremony, we also announced our grand prize winner, Mariya Stytsenko of Greenfield. Mariya's winning artwork will be featured on the cover of the MSBA’s next annual report.
We would like to thank all the students who submitted drawings this year; they were creative and thoughtful and we enjoyed looking at each one. We would also like to thank the teachers and school administrators who encouraged participation and helped make this year's contest another success!
And the winners are...