The colorful banners hanging on the fence between the HISD baseball field and the Hattie Mae White Education Support Centers are eye-catching works of art by district middle-school children. They were put on display recently after being displayed at the City of Houston’s Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center in December to honor World AIDS Day on Dec. 1.
The CCM Foundation, the Houston Health Department, and HISD collaborated for the third consecutive year to host the World AIDS Day Art Competition. Two winners were announced in December 2017, with Meyerland PVA student Claire Waller winning the Grand Prize of $1000, and Lawson Middle School student Lester Vasquez winning a scholarship to the Glassell Junior School of Art.
The competition has grown significantly since its first year. “The response from Year One to Year Two of the competition was phenomenal,” said CCM Foundation President Corey Green. “We went from 75 submissions in 2015 to 276 submissions last year. And this year we received more than 500!”
The contest was open to students at nine HISD middle schools—Meyerland, Ortiz, Lawson, Gregory Lincoln, Pershing, McReynolds, ReaganK-8, Fleming, and Marshall. McReynolds Middle had the most submissions, winning $200 in art supplies, while Lawson had the second-most admissions, winning $100 in art supplies.
For more information on the World AIDS Day Art Competition, please visit www.hivawareness.org. For more information on HIV/AIDS in Houston/Harris County, please call 832-393-5010 or visit www.houstontx.gov/health/HIV-STD/.