Mary Brooks and Zane Sisson, third-graders at Lee’s Summit Elementary, received one of six $1,000 first place awards for “I AM HERE,” a photography contest, sponsored by KC Healthy Kids and designed to empower students to speak out for healthy communities.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art on Nov. 19. The event lifts up the voices of students in third through eighth grades as they share their ideas about how to create a healthier Kansas City. Each submission included captioned photos showing how their communities help and hinder healthy habits. Students spotlighted healthy lunch choices, nutritious snacks, playground play rules and safe crosswalks at their school.
The award will be used at Lee’s Summit Elementary to promote student wellness and health, especially quality activities for students at recess.
Sponsors for the event include Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Frederick and Louise Hartwig Family Fund, State Street, Miller Family Foundation Inc., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, Swanson Midgley LLC, the American Academy of Family Physicians and Cerner.