Submitted photo March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Knox County Board of DD recently held its annual coloring and essay contests. Pictured are the contest winners: First row, from left to right, are Alexander Busenburg, Abby Parks, Kenzie Huhn, Brooklyn Fullington, Emma Wise, Josie Norman, Ciara Smith, and Aubree Hess; second row, from left, first grade teacher Carrie Swendal of Centerburg Elementary, James Thompson, Allyson Brooks, Weston Colopy, Griffin Beach and Kaden Sanders; third row, from left, Desiree Stumbo, Summer Hall, Izzy Carter and Mason Chesnut. Not pictured are Jaxson Roush Nichols, Jesse Row, Seth Travis and Eva McKenzie.

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Knox County Board of DD recently held its annual coloring and essay contests. Pictured are the contest winners: First row, from left to right, are Alexander Busenburg, Abby Parks, Kenzie Huhn, Brooklyn Fullington, Emma Wise, Josie Norman, Ciara Smith, and Aubree Hess; second row, from left, first grade teacher Carrie Swendal of Centerburg Elementary, James Thompson, Allyson Brooks, Weston Colopy, Griffin Beach and Kaden Sanders; third row, from left, Desiree Stumbo, Summer Hall, Izzy Carter and Mason Chesnut. Not pictured are Jaxson Roush Nichols, Jesse Row, Seth Travis and Eva McKenzie.

MOUNT VERNON — March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and that gives the Knox County community a great opportunity to create awareness, to learn more about inclusion and to share in the stories of individuals who live, work and thrive in our county.

While the Knox County Board of DD and its various provider agency partners are active year round in providing service and supports for those with developmental disabilities, March is a particularly fun time for us to highlight the important roles that individuals with developmental disabilities have within the fabric of our great community.

The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities would like to thank the elementary school students of Knox County for helping us celebrate. There were over 950 students who participated in our annual coloring (K-2nd grades) and essay (3rd-5th grades) contest with 90 classrooms participating county-wide, representing all eleven public elementary schools in Knox County.

Winners were:

  • Centerburg Elementary — Abby Parks, Desiree Stumbo;
  • Columbia Elementary — Kenzie Huhn and Summer Hall;
  • Dan Emmett Elementary — Josie Norman and Jesse Row;
  • Danville Elementary — Emma Wise and Kaden Sanders;
  • East Elementary — Brooklyn Fullington and Griffin Beach;
  • East Knox Elementary — Jaxson Roush Nichols and Seth Travis;
  • Fredericktown Elementary — Ciara Smith and Izzy Carter;
  • Knox Learning Center — Weston Colopy;
  • Pleasant Street Elementary — Alexander Busenburg and Eva McKenzie;
  • Twin Oak Elementary — Aubree Hess and Mason Chesnut;
  • Wiggin Street Elementary — James Thompson and Allyson Brooks.

Teacher Carrie Swendal’s first grade class at Centerburg Elementary also received honors for having the most students participating in the contest.

 

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