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A spotlight on arts education, student creativity and safety awareness

May is Bicycle Safety Month.

An elementary-aged student from Johnson K-8 won the Safe Kids Coalition Suncoast “Bike Safety” poster contest.

Remalyn E. received a prize and a certificate of achievement. Great work!

More than 450 students entered this year’s “School Bus Safety” poster contest.

It was sponsored by the Manatee Arts Education Council (MAEC).

Winners receive a gift card, and their art is displayed at the Matzke Support Center in Transportation. 

The Top 10 include:

Emily C., 8th grade at Buffalo Creek Middle

Corbin C., 5th grade at Palm View K-8

Denielle H., 3rd grade at Ballard Elementary

Roy M.P., 4th grade at Ballard Elementary

Sadie M., 5th grade at Oneco Elementary

Ma’Launi M., 5th grade at Oneco Elementary

Charlotte M., 8th grade at Buffalo Creek Middle

Stepan V., 4th grade at Johnson K-8

Noah W., 8th grade at Buffalo Creek Middle

Kalianna W., Kindergarten at Palm View K-8


Special thanks to teachers Susie Abadjian, Valeri Borstelmann, Caitlin Doney, Tatiana Hernandez and Jared Robison for inspiring young artists!

On Wednesday, Dr. Wysong had a special mission while visiting Myakka City Elementary. 

He sought out the young artist whose work he had handpicked at MAEC's Art Rise and Shine Breakfast last November.

Among 200 pieces of framed artwork, her piece stood out to him.

Dr. Wysong requested her signature on the artwork, so he could proudly display it in his office.

The talented artist's art teacher is Stephanie Guevara.