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Student’s artwork becomes UCPS greeting card

A 9-year-old Western Union Elementary School student’s drawing of a lamb, taking a break after building a snowman, has won the Union County Public Schools’ inaugural greeting card contest.
The winner, Laura Lamb, a fourth grader, said she loves drawing lambs, and has had lots of practice because her last name is Lamb. She got the idea for the card from her dog at home. “That’s how he sits down,” she said, describing the lamb in her drawing. 

Laura and hundreds of other elementary students submitted entries for the greeting card contest, hoping theirs would be chosen to be the face of the school system’s greeting card.
“It’s pretty exciting because I’ve never really won anything,” Laura said. “I didn’t think I was going to win. I didn’t think it was that good. I knew there were a lot of artists in the schools in Union County.”
The greeting card, signed by UCPS Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, will be sent over the holidays to school superintendents throughout the state, elected officials and to all UCPS schools. “I’m very proud to have her artwork represent our school system,” Davis said.

UCPS Holiday Card 2008

Davis came to Laura’s school recently to have lunch with her and shared the news of her win with her peers. “You really did a good job and I’m very proud of you,” he told her during lunch. “I’m really pleased that you’re our winner. You should be very proud. It’s quite an accomplishment to be chosen among all the students.”
Davis said for years, he has received greeting cards from other superintendents from across the state, showcasing their students’ artwork, so he decided this year to spotlight the talents of UCPS students. “I wanted to make sure the card was quality, first class and something that would be a good representation of our school system,” he said.
Laura’s mom, Rachel Lamb, came to the school to share in her daughter’s special day. “I’m honored and very proud,” she said. “She had drawn it for me, but it was just the draft and didn’t have all the colors. It’s really cute. She did a really good job.”
Western Union Elementary art teacher Diane Howie said she advised students to try to be unique with their designs in hopes their artwork would be recognized. She said she was happy that Laura had won, as she worked very hard on her design. “She’s a good student. She works hard and deserves to be rewarded for her work.”

Drawing comes naturally to Laura, who says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up. “I like to draw, a lot. I want to be an art teacher, or maybe a music teacher.”

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, Publications Coordinator
Posted: Dec 15, 2008 by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator

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