Washington County Kids’ first-ever contest will feature child labor on TriMet buses and at bus stops.
TriMet buses and bus stop benches will receive new decoration next month, thanks to local school children who entered the Washington County Children’s Poster Contest.
This is the first time this event has taken place and is intended to highlight the work of after-school programs to keep young people engaged and provide them with the tools to succeed later in life.
The theme was “After school is cool!” This inspired participating students – from kindergarten to high school – to create posters that show what they love about their after-school programs.
Submissions came in from Hillsboro Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club, West Tualatin View Elementary School YMCA and THRIVE Conestoga Recreation & Aquatic Center.
The themes of the submissions ranged from activities to the quality time children spend with each other during extracurricular activities.
One family filled all of the top spots in the middle and high school category, with submissions from three siblings receiving the top spots.
For posters requiring photos, all photos were taken by local photographer Angie Ross.
The top three submissions for each age group were:
College/high school category
• First place: Namulondo O’Donnell—Hillsboro Inukai Family Boys and Girls Club, Hillsboro High School. Theme: Hillsboro High Band.
• Second Place: Nambi O’Donnell—Hillsboro Inukai B&G Club and Hillsboro Mat Club, South Meadows Middle School.
• Third Place: Achar O’Donnell—Hillsboro Inukai B&G Club & Drama Club, South Meadows Middle School.
Elementary school category
• First place: Nathan Bedrossian—Hillsboro Inukai Family Boys & Girls Club, Verne McKinney Elementary School. Theme: B&G Club activities.
• Second Place: Megumi Kuwabara — Tualatin Hills THRIVE Parks and Recreation District, Hiteon Elementary School. Theme: Playing with friends; together, all united.
• Third place: Emberly Bruhn — THPRD Thrive, Conestoga Elementary School. Theme: Sharing interests with many different children of all ages.
These winners and other submissions will adorn the sides of Washington County TriMet buses and on benches at bus stops. Organizers say they are working with TriMet and expect the posters to be presented in March.
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