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Childrens Week has a colorful ending
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Judge Helen Taylor reads over one of the submissions for the writing portion of the Exceptional Childrens Week art show. - photo by David Renner Dawson Community News

At a glance

The winners of the art and writing entries for 2014 Exceptional Children's Week are:

• Pre-K:

Jordan Cureton, Evan Harmon

• Kindergarten through second grade:

Tristan Austin, Blaine Dillingham, Daniel Osborne, Donniven Rodriguez , Charlotte Turner, Camden Winters, Olivia Worley

• Third through fifth grades:

Austin Arnold, Amelia Dillingham, Kaylee Dooley, Seph Harris, Harmony Jones, Caleb Manders, Taylor Summers

• Middle school:

Parker Mulkey, Evan Noonan, Amanda Rider, Logan Starr

• High school:

Austin Boose, C.J. Brown, Samuel Faille, Brent Landry, Caleb Treadaway


As a way of ending Exceptional Children's Week with a celebration, the Dawson County school system held their annual art contest to close out the week of awareness.

Each year, the system designates a week as Exceptional Children's Week, designed to bring students together and raise awareness in students about Americans with, and who have overcome, disabilities.

The art show was held on March 14 at the Dawson County Library. With more than 175 entries, judges had to narrow down the entries to 25 winners.

On hand to evaluate the submissions were: Board of Education Member Doris Cook; Hershel Bennett, director of special education for Dawson County; Betty Ann Bearden, administrative secretary for special education; Teresa Worley, administrative secretary for assistant superintendents; and newspaper columnist and retired educator Helen Taylor.

"Congratulations to all of the children who participated in celebrating Exceptional Children's Week with an entry," said event organizer Pam Gross. "Their hard work has been admired and appreciated."

Entries are on display at the Dawson County Library until after spring break, with the winning entries on display at the Dawsonville Municipal Complex.

The participants will be recognized by receiving certificates and medals at their respective schools, as well as a special recognition during the April 14 Board of Education meeting.