Photo courtesy of Dearborn Public Schools
Dearborn Public Schools students were recognized during the March 12 school board meeting for their anti-bullying work. Edsel Ford High School 11th-grader Hamzeh Abdorabe (front row left) and Geer Park Elementary School fourth-grader Kaidhum Ganem are congratulated by Edsel Ford Assistant Principal Dan Blessing (left), Wayne County Commission Chariman Gary Woronchak (D-13th District), state Rep. George Darany (D-Dearborn), Dearborn Mayor John O’Reilly Jr., Dearborn Public Schools Student Services Program Specialist Jacqi Rivait, Geer Park Principal Andrea Awada and Geer Park Art Teacher Beth Brown.
By SHERRI KOLADE
DEARBORN — Dearborn Public Schools students Hamzeh Abdorabe and Kaidhum Ganem were all smiles at the March 12 Board of Education meeting.
Abdorabe, an 11th-grader at Edsel Ford High School, and Ganem, a fourth-grader at Geer Park Elementary School, were winners of the district’s Anti-Bullying Poster contest.
The district-wide contest, which began in September, involved students coming up with anti-bullying posters to inspire positive behavior throughout the schools, while deterring bullying. The poster selection was narrowed down from more than 1,500 submitted posters. After it was narrowed down to about 40, the final two winners were chosen.
During the meeting, the students’ anti-bullying framed posters were handed to elected officials including state Rep. George Darany and Wayne County Commission Chairman Gary Warnchuck.
District Communications Coordinator David Mustonen said the winning posters will be displayed at the state capitol, in all schools, support buildings, buses and business throughout the community.
The poster contest judges based the winning poster criteria on quality of design, creativity and originality of artwork, creativity and originality of slogan, appropriate theme, using positive approach and reproducibility.
The posters will be displayed in roughly 500 businesses in the near future.
Also during the meeting Bus Attendant Gloria Ingram filled the part-time position that was approved during the Dec. 12 meeting. This position is funded by the district’s general fund.
There were several position changes and retirements scheduled during the meeting.
The next school board meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 26 at the administrative office, 18700 Audette.
(Sherri Kolade can be reached at [email protected])