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Art contest celebrates Black History Month

The Boys & Girls Club Washington unit and U.S. Cellular have teamed up to host an art contest celebrating Black History Month, and the public is invited to select the winners.

Last month, Boys & Girls Club members drew pictures of influential African American business people, athletes, historical figures and celebrities.

“This month, we are highlighting and celebrating Black History Month. We celebrated at the clubs, learning about historical figures and the clubs have all the kids participate, and they vote on 10 finalists (for the art contest),” said Tesha Jones, U.S. Cellular’s manager of the Washington store.

Those 10 finalists’ drawings are now on display at the store, and visitors are able to vote for their favorite picture. From Michael Jordan to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., those who’ve made history are well-represented in the exhibit.

“We would love for anyone to come and show support for the Boys & Girls Club by coming in and voting,” Jones said.

The three top vote-getters will be announced in March and some substantial prizes are in the offering: a $100 Visa gift card goes to the third-place winner; a $150 gift card for the second-place winner; and a $250 will be awarded to the first-place winner.

In the past, U.S. Cellular has partnered with Boys & Girls Clubs on a variety of events throughout the year, including helping children plant gardens on Earth Day. Jones said it’s just one way the business supports local communities.

“Any opportunity we get, we make sure we reach out, and they also stay in communication with us anytime (there’s a partnership opportunity),” Jones said.

No purchase is necessary to vote in the Black History Month art contest, though voters must be 18 or older. Voting is open until Feb. 29. U.S. Cellular is located at 875 W. 15th St., Washington.