Seventh- and eighth-grade students in Humphreys and Holmes counties
competed in a poster contest sponsored in April by the Institute
for Disability Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi.
Part of April's "Fair Housing Month," which promotes equal
opportunities in housing practices, the contest centered around
the theme "Fair Housing: Open Doors Make Dreams Come True."
The three seventh-grade
winners and three eighth-grade winners in Humphreys County are students
at the O.M. McNair Elementary School and were presented awards on
Monday. Seventh-grade winners are: Bryan Bernard Lee, first place;
Davie McKnight, second place; and Kevin Pickett, honorable mention.
Eighth-grade winners are: Willie Hazelwood, first place; Georgia
Ann Williams, second place; and Fernandous Henderson, honorable
mention. Each first place winner received a $100 savings bond. Second
place winners received $50 savings bonds. Honorable mention winners
received $25 savings bonds. Vicki Ray, lead equal opportunity specialist
from HUD's Jackson Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity,
presented the awards.
winner and eighth-grade winner in Holmes County are students at
S.V. Marshall High School and will be presented awards Wednesday.
Seventh-grader Nickael Washington and eighth-grader Alonzo Reedy
won the contest and will each receive a $100 savings bond.
was sponsored by the "HousingSmart" project at the Institute
for Disability Studies. Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing
and Urban Development (HUD), HousingSmart works to ensure equal
opportunities in housing to Mississippians with disabilities and
to increase home ownership for individuals with disabilities. In
accordance with HUD policy priorities, HousingSmart embraces the
need for providing increased homeownership and rental opportunities
for low- and moderate-income persons, persons with disabilities,
the elderly, minorities, and families with limited English proficiency.
Through the HousingSmart project, IDS provides wide-ranging education
and outreach. For more information about HousingSmart, contact Evelyn
Williams at 1-866-883-4474.
for Disability Studies is Mississippi's University Center for Excellence
in Developmental Disabilities Research, Education, and Service (UCEDD)
headquartered for 30 years at Southern Miss. The institute provides
university training, community service activities, research, and
information that promote the independence, productivity, and community
inclusion of individuals with disabilities and their families.