WOOLWICH TWP.  — HELP, Inc. is proud to announce the winners of its 1st Annual Juneteenth Contest. Local school children were encouraged to ponder what freedom meant to them in the context of the Juneteenth holiday.

In the 3 to 5th Grade Essay/Poem division, Harper Wimberg’s, Harker School, poem “The Feelings of Freedom” won first place. In the Middle School division, Kingsway Middle School’s Autumn Herring’s poem entitled “The Power of Freedom,” earned her a first place win. Hailey Blair’s, also from Kingsway Middle School, “Juneteenth Insights” essay, won top prize. Alicia Hall-Holland’s, Brookfield Academy, “Past, Present, and Future Thoughts” acrylic painting won first place in the High School Art Division.

Winners were congratulated at the Swedesboro Juneteenth Festival and received certificates from the county commissioners, and VISA gift cards from HELP, Inc. “The children were very excited when they found out that they’d won, said Dr. Michelle Blair.  “I can’t wait to see the momentum this draws next year.”

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