New Hampshire Healthy Families, a managed care plan under New Hampshire’s Medicaid Care Management program, sponsored a special health-focused art contest through their Adopt-a-School partnership with Parker Varney Elementary School in Manchester, New Hampshire on Wednesday.
More than 100 students in the third and fourth grades participated in the art contest by creating individual portraits of their health, while fifth grade students created a large canvas painting representative of New Hampshire, depicting state animals, trees, plants, insects and notable landmarks that will be displayed in the New Hampshire Healthy Families, Bedford, New Hampshire office.
“New Hampshire Healthy Families is pleased to partner with Parker Varney Elementary School and proud of the third, fourth, and fifth graders who created these portraits for display in our Bedford office,” said Scott Westover, executive director of New Hampshire Healthy Families.
“All of the students showed great creativity and talent in their self-portraits of what it means to be healthy. These paintings will be a great addition for our office and will serve as an inspiration for healthy living for our staff. They will also remind us of our important role in serving the New Hampshire community every day.”
First, second and third place winners from the third grade were Karuna Acharya, Kayleigh Slozak, and Gabe Pooler and from fourth grade, Zachary Bouley, Andrew Chen and Tina Nguyen, respectively. These student’s portraits will also be displayed in the New Hampshire Healthy Families office.
The student portraits were judged by New Hampshire Healthy Families staff and winners were chosen based on creativity and point of view in conveying the message of health.
Awards were presented to 16 students in total in the third and fourth grades, including honorable mentions in both classes. First place winners received signed copies of New Hampshire author, David Elliot’s book, Jimmy Cabbage and other winners received gift cards for TCBY or a Darby book, signed by author Michele Bain. All other students received water bottles for their participation.