By Debby Woodin
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Winners of the annual “Fair Housing Poster Contest” held by the Community Housing Resource Board were recognized Monday night by the Joplin City Council.
Contestants were fifth graders in Joplin’s public elementary schools who developed artwork to express the theme, “What a Home Means to Me.”
Winners are Kaila Iyala and Julian Garrett, both 11, of Cecil Floyd Elementary School; Joleigh Mails, 10, McKinley Elementary School; RaShawn Davis, 11, Eastmorland Elementary School; and twin sisters Giovanna and Gissel Maturino, 11, Jefferson Elementary School.
Matt Moran of the Joplin Housing Authority said the winning posters will be used in billboards that will advertise Fair Housing Month throughout Southwest Missouri.
Posters from the contest also are on display during the month of April at the elementary schools.
The Community Housing Resource Board is a collaboration of several local organizations that are involved in promoting fair housing in Southwest Missouri. Participants include Legal Aid of Western Missouri, Keller-Williams Realty, Commerce Bank, the city of Joplin’s Public Housing Authority, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Home Builders Association of Southwest Missouri, Independent Living Center, Ozark Gateway Board of Realtors, “Show Me the Ozarks” Magazine, and the Economic Security Corporation of the Southwest Area doing business as the Jasper County Public Housing Agency.