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Matthews leaders honor poster winners

Winners and participating managers/department heads were: Front row, from left: Sarah Conboy (Matthews Elementary grade 5), Abigail Manley (Elizabeth Lane, grade 5), Mylah Brewton (Crown Point grade 5), Xylah Thompson (Matthews Elementary, grade 3), Ameila McCarty (Elizabeth Lane, grade 3), Daniel Benabibes-Ruiz (Crown Point, grade 4), Jason Quinones (Crown Point, grades 3), Mason Kinnavy (Elizabeth Lane, grade 4), Audrey Boyd (Matthews, grade 4) Back row, from left: Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor; Town Manager Hazen Blodgett; Fire and EMS Chief Dennis Green; Planning Director Kathi Ingrish; Town Clerk Lori Canapinno; Public Works Director C.J. O’Neill; Finance Director Chris Tucker; Police Chief Rob Hunter; Parks and Rec Director Corey King; School Resource Officer Don Warren.
Winners and participating managers/department heads were: Front row, from left: Sarah Conboy (Matthews Elementary grade 5), Abigail Manley (Elizabeth Lane, grade 5), Mylah Brewton (Crown Point grade 5), Xylah Thompson (Matthews Elementary, grade 3), Ameila McCarty (Elizabeth Lane, grade 3), Daniel Benabibes-Ruiz (Crown Point, grade 4), Jason Quinones (Crown Point, grades 3), Mason Kinnavy (Elizabeth Lane, grade 4), Audrey Boyd (Matthews, grade 4) Back row, from left: Matthews Mayor Jim Taylor; Town Manager Hazen Blodgett; Fire and EMS Chief Dennis Green; Planning Director Kathi Ingrish; Town Clerk Lori Canapinno; Public Works Director C.J. O’Neill; Finance Director Chris Tucker; Police Chief Rob Hunter; Parks and Rec Director Corey King; School Resource Officer Don Warren.

Matthews Commissioners recognized nine elementary school students recently for their winning posters in the Matthews Police Department’s Silence the Violence poster contest.

School resource officer Don Warren said the annual competition encourages upper elementary grade students to think of ways to make their community and the world a better place.

Winning poster topics ranged from stopping terrorism and child abuse to anti-bullying and helping others.

Students in grades 3-5 at Crown Point, Elizabeth Lane and Matthews Elementary Schools were eligible to participate. One winner was chosen from each grade at each school. Winners got to spend a day touring the town, working with a particular town manager or department head, then eating lunch out.

Melinda Johnston is a freelance writer: m.johnston@carolina.rr.com.

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