EDISON, N.J., June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The AMERIGROUP Foundation announced the winners of its annual "Healthy Communities Art Project" during a special reception held on June 10 at its offices in Edison, N.J. Twelve New Jersey students had their artwork selected for this year's calendar and each received an iPOD shuffle.
The statewide project challenges students to recognize the importance
of a healthy lifestyle and promotes awareness of healthy eating, nutrition
and exercise. Twelve schools were selected to participate in this year's
project with a winner chosen from each school. The AMERIGROUP Foundation
provided each school with art supplies and conducted workshops. Students
were asked to illustrate what "healthy" means to them and their community.
Drawings ranged from fruits and vegetables to pedestrian safety and the
benefits of swimming and jumping rope.
This year's winners of the Healthy Communities Art Project are:
Lauren Barrett, Joseph R. Bolger Middle School, Keansburg
Brandon Bras, Marques de Lafayette School #6, Elizabeth
Matt Cole, Gateway School, Carteret
Janice Culmer, Cleveland School, Englewood
Andleeb Imran, St. Mary's Middle School, Rutherford
Connor McGinley, Beachwood Elementary School, Beachwood
Trina McFadden, Dr. Frank Napier Jr. School of Technology #4, Paterson
Adia Montgomery, Cathedral International, Asbury Park/Perth Amboy
Mayelin Santana, Dr. Martin Luther King School #6, Passaic
Rafael Soto, The Felician School for Exceptional Children, Lodi
Kayla Varlaro, Ocean Academy, Toms River
Jackson Weaver, Hoboken Charter School, Hoboken
The entries were evaluated by a panel of community judges including Sharon Clancy (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) and Robin Burgos (Passaic Family Head Start).
"All of the students who participated in this contest demonstrated a clear understanding of health issues affecting their communities, families and friends and produced some beautiful artwork," said Rachelle Graham, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, AMERIGROUP Community Care. "It was a great way for students to educate themselves on health issues facing the places where they live and learn."
About the AMERIGROUP Foundation
The AMERIGROUP Foundation is the philanthropic arm of AMERIGROUP
Corporation, a multi-state managed healthcare company based in Virginia
Beach, Va. The Foundation works to create healthy communities by fostering
access to healthcare, encouraging safe and healthy children and families,
and promoting community improvement and healthy neighborhoods. For more
information about the AMERIGROUP Foundation, visit
Kent Jenkins Jr.
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