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Celebrating African American History through Art

Published March 15, 2016
Employees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, celebrated African American History Month by hosting an Art Contest for class of 5th Graders at Spruce Elementary School in North Tonawanda, New York.

Employees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, celebrated African American History Month by hosting an Art Contest for class of 5th Graders at Spruce Elementary School in North Tonawanda, New York.

Employees at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Buffalo District, celebrated African American History Month by hosting an Art Contest for class of 5th Graders at Spruce Elementary School in North Tonawanda, New York.

The students learned about the Underground Railroad in conjunction with the announcement of the Art Contest, and were asked to focus their artwork on that topic. The artwork was scanned and placed on an Intranet site for employees in New York and Ohio to vote for their favorites.  

It was a close contest, but in the end the winner was Miss Amelia Blake.  

All participants received a certificate of appreciation from LTC Karl D. Jansen for their participation, and the winning piece of artwork was framed and returned to the artist. All children in the class received an African American Month Activity Book, USACE Water Safety Activity Book, and a water safety flying ring.