2003-02-08 / Community

P.S. 106 Student Wins National Contest

Idalia Viard, fifth grader at Public School 106, was honored as the National Winner of the 2003 Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) Poster Contest in a whirlwind of events this week.

At City Hall, Mayor Michael Bloomberg congratulated Viard for her artistic achievement, and Council Member James Sanders, Jr. recognized her with a proclamation read into the record of the City Council. RIF Inc. President Carol Rasco held a special ceremony at P.S. 106 for Viard, Principal Arthur Strauss, Art Teacher Jennifer Woerter, Parent Association members, staff and students.

Afterward, Viard and her classmates traveled to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, where city, state, School District 27 and Department of Education representatives joined them for the official awarding of the national medal and prizes.

Viard’s artwork, depicting brilliantly colored flowers and two bumble bees that tell children to "bee smart" and read, will be printed on all RIF paraphernalia this year. Posters, stationery, tote bags and umbrellas across the country will carry the student’s graphic design.

Through the sponsorship of Nestle USA, Viard was awarded a laptop computer, a $1000.00 savings bond, bookstore gift certificates and $500.00 in RIF reading books for her school. She and her family will visit the National Reading Is Fundamental Conference in Washington D.C. later this year.

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