Cassidy Cole-Tucker, a 10-year-old from Jacksonville, Florida, is the grand prize winner in Hubbard House’s 2nd Annual Youth Art Contest. The purpose of this art contest was to raise awareness about abuse among youth and to motivate them to engage in friendly behavior in their home, at school and in their communities. This year’s theme was “Hands are for Helping, Not Hurting.”
The art contest also gave the parents, teachers, coaches or group leaders of the youth participating the opportunity to talk about what the phrase “Hands are for Helping, Not Hurting” means, discuss behavior expectations, and emotions associated with helping hands not hurting hands.
“This contest was a wonderful opportunity for me to talk to Cassidy about how at her age she could help others,” said Sarah Cole, Cassidy’s mother. “I’m very proud of the way she really took to the concept and how creative she was at coming up with ways to help others.”
The contest, which was free to enter and open to youth ages 5-12 living in Northeast Florida, is held annually as part of Hubbard House’s violence prevention efforts through its W.A.V.E. (Working Against Violence Every day, Everywhere, Every time) program. The prevention program teaches youth healthy relationship skills before abuse occurs, how to identify and prevent bullying, and helps them gain a better understanding of how violence affects their lives.
In fact, it is estimated that about 56 percent of all students have witnesses a bullying crime at their school. Children between 4th and 8th grade are a greater risk for bullying; 90% were reported as victims of some kind of bullying.
2011 Grand Prize Winner and Honorable Mentions:
Grand Prize Winner:
- Cassidy Cole-Tucker, 10, Jacksonville, FL
- Bettina Huang, 10, Jacksonville, FL
- Chase Courtney, 11, Orange Park, FL
- Courtney Alexandra Crawford, 11, Jacksonville FL
- Frannie Wetherbee, 12, Jacksonville, FL
- Hannah Falconer, 9, Jacksonville, FL
- Kathleen Varon, 10, Jacksonville, FL
- Samantha Beaver, 9, Jacksonville, FL
- Summer Laettner, 12, Jacksonville, FL
- Zachary Vigil, 10, Jacksonville, FL
Tucker will receive a Playtime Party Package from Adventure Landing – Jacksonville Beach, for 8 guests. All honorable mentions will receive a Certificate of Achievement. In addition, the artwork of the grand prize winner and honorable mentions will be featured online at www.hubbardhouse.org/news-events/ and www.facebook.com/hubbardhouseinc, in an upcoming edition of Hubbard House’s newsletter, and at various events throughout October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Some of these events include the 2011 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Press Conference, the 17th Annual Barbara Ann Campbell Memorial Breakfast and the October Art Walk in downtown Jacksonville.
If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship please call the Hubbard House 24-Hour Domestic Violence Hotline at (904) 354-3114 or (800) 500-1119. Hubbard House can help.
ABOUT HUBBARD HOUSE
Founded as the first domestic violence shelter in Florida in 1976, Hubbard House is a certified, comprehensive domestic violence center providing programs and services to more than 6,000 women, children, and men annually in Duval and Baker counties. While Hubbard House is most known for its emergency shelter, the agency also provides extensive adult and youth outreach services, school-based education, therapeutic childcare, batterers’ intervention programs, court advocacy and volunteer and community education opportunities. Visit www.hubbardhouse.org to learn more.