Just last spring Hicksville's art educator, Diana Germinario was recognized when one of her students won first place for her watercolor painting in a state-wide Arbor Day poster contest.
Well, Diana's done it again! This time however, Diana entered some of her students' artwork in the 2016 NYS Recycles! poster contest, which is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Association of Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling. This contest which is open to all students K-12, is very special according to Diana because students can relate to the topic. It's important because it enables children to have a positive impact in helping protect Earth's environment. Diana used this contest to launch an interdisciplinary unit about recycling.
From all across New York State the winning students' artwork is now being featured in the 2017 New York Recycles! calendar. This calendar serves as a daily reminder to people in our state to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost and buy recycled products and packaging.
Diana has entered this students with her students for the past six years and has had the distinction of having at least one winner every single year. This year however, Diana had not one, not two, but THREE students who were winners in this contest:
- Dutch Lane student, Alexa Danzi, who won first place in the K-3 category for "We Recycle at School-It's a Green Rule!
- Burns Avenue student, Emma Paulwell, who was runner up in the K-3 category for "Recycling on the Go!"
- Dutch Lane student, Teresa Jennings, in the 4-6 Grade category runner up for her poster entitled, "Don't Waste Food, Donate It!
The winners were invited to Albany with their families for an awards ceremony. During the awards luncheon they gave a short speech and were presented with their posters which had been professionally framed.
We, at the Hicksville Congress of Teachers, are proud of our students and especially proud of Diana Germinario for inspiring, guiding, and providing enrichment opportunities for her students and creating memories for them which will last a lifetime.