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Mayor to honor Hamilton students on Saturday

February 9th, 2011 by master

Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Councilmember Mike O’Brien will be in Wallingford this Saturday, February 12, to honor the top 15 winners of the 2011 Neighbor Appreciation Day Student Art Contest.

Hamilton International Middle School will host the 10 a.m. event, and three Hamilton students will be among the honorees on the 17th annual Neighbor Appreciation Day. Here’s more information on the contest and winners from the mayor’s office:

Every year, Seattle students enter the art contest with drawings depicting what it means to be a good neighbor.  The 15 winners were selected out of nearly 600 entries. To view the winning artwork, visit  The artwork of the two first place winners, Grace Corsi, an 8th grader at Hamilton International Middle School, and Angel Corpuz, a 4th grader at Dunlap Elementary School adorns 13,000 Neighbor Appreciation Day greeting cards distributed for free at Neighborhood Service Centers, libraries, and community centers. An e-card can be sent by visiting

Neighbor Appreciation Day began in 1995 when Phinney Ridge activist Judith Wood suggested that the City designate “a special day to celebrate the goodness in those around us and to reach out and strengthen our bonds to each other.” Mayor Norm Rice proclaimed the Saturday before Valentine’s Day as Neighbor Appreciation Day.

Neighbor Appreciation Day is a grassroots celebration. More than 50 public activities are happening around the city to recognize caring neighbors. For a listing, visit

Without further ado, the winners who attend Hamilton are…

Gold Medal Award ($100): Grace Corsi (her drawing, which is available as an e-card, is above)

Bronze Award ($25): Clara Dixon

Crystal Award (Art Supplies): Page Victoria Robinson

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