Dollarway art students win state-wide contest

Artwork from three Dollarway School District students was recently selected for the 2012 DHS Energy Savings Calendar.

The three from Townsend Park Elementary School — Page Boullie, Janeice Walters and Romello Turner — were selected and received recognition for their work earlier this year at a statewide Weatherization Day event in Little Rock. Artwork was submitted by students all throughout the state and only 12 were selected for the publication.

“Having three out of 12 students selected from one school is a sign of the great work Mrs. Sheffield and Townsend Park are doing with their art program,” said David Knight, executive director of Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Economic Opportunities Commission.

The 2012 calendar has been distributed all across the state and is a monthly reminder of things to do in order to save energy for your home.

“Congratulations and thank you for all the students’ submissions, Mrs. Sheffield and Ms. Vickers hard work and are dedicated to submitting such great work,” Knight said. County Judge Mike Holcomb, Pine Bluff Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. and Gov. Mike Beebe all signed proclamations announcing Oct. 28 as Weatherization Day.

The weatherization program is funded by the federal Department of Energy to make the homes more energy efficient, safe and healthy. It has injected more than $160 million into communities throughout the state to improve more than 73,900 homes of low- and moderate-income residents.

It is affecting the lives of thousands, including the elderly, disabled, and families with children, officials said. The weaterization program is administered through the state Department of Human Services’ Office of Community Services and is operated locally by Pine Bluff’s community action agency the EOC.

The governor, in his Weatherization Day proclamation, praised the program for its “proven effectiveness” and urging citizens to “work together to support and strengthen the program, which has done so much for so many for the betterment of all.”