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2016 Carter Work Project

Habitat for Humanity's 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project was held in August here in Memphis.

You can relive the week here and at Habitat for Humanity's Carter Work Project blog.  Join the conversation online by using hashtag #HabitatCWP.

Memphis Habitat Names Art and Essay Contest Winners

Memphis Habitat Names Art and Essay Contest Winners

Contest Hosted as Student Element of Carter Work Project

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. XX, 2016 - Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis today announced the winners of its art and essay contest for Shelby County students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The contest served as a way for local students to learn more about Habitat, the work the organization does in Memphis and around the world, and provided a way for young people to be involved in Habitat for Humanity’s 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which Memphis Habitat recently hosted.

The winners are:

11th – 12th grade essay category

First Place: DeAngelo Jordan, Booker T. Washington High School

Second Place: Dacavien Reeves, Overton High School

Third Place: Jayla Woods, Whitehaven High School

8th – 10th grade essay category

First Place: Gabriel Geiser, White Station Middle School

Second Place: Desiree Reed of Overton High School

Third Place: Ambrianna Scott of Cordova High School

4th-7th grade art/story category

First Place: Briania Wardlow, Willow Oaks Elementary

Second Place: Destiny Matthews, Willow Oaks Elementary

Third Place: Alan Esquivel, Willow Oaks Elementary

Kindergarten – 3rd grade art/story category

First Place: Lyandra Dervaux-Fitzgerald of Snowden School

Second Place: Jayden Travis of John P. Freeman School

Third Place: Vitalina Tercero of Charjean Elementary School

"When we created the contest, we were looking for a way to get students in our community involved with Habitat’s Carter Work Project,” said Kim Morrison, communications coordinator at Memphis Habitat and contest manager. “We were thoroughly impressed with the level of participation and the quality of work, making the process of choosing the winners incredibly difficult.”

Students with winning entries won prizes ranging from $50 to $1,000 across the various age groups, and the opportunity for their work to be exhibited by Memphis Habitat. Winners also were invited to attend the closing ceremony of the Carter Work Project in late August and a reception at the Memphis Habitat offices on Sept. 15.

“All of the students who entered showed great talent and heart, and the winners exemplified a spirit that is alive in Memphis,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Memphis Habitat. “We can be hopeful knowing that the future of Memphis rests in the hands of these gifted students.”

The 2016 Carter Work Project served Memphis-area families through multiple projects, including the construction of 19 new homes, 10 beautification projects and six aging in place ramp-building projects to enhance accessibility and mobility for seniors. The project involved 1,500 volunteers from the Memphis area and across the country. Due to the overall support for the project, 99 local families will build or improve places to call home by the end of 2016.

About Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis partners with people in our community to help them build or improve places they can call home through new home construction, rehabilitation projects and aging in place accessibility and mobility modifications for seniors. Since 1983, Memphis Habitat has helped more than 445 first-time homebuyers secure affordable mortgages and completed rehabilitation projects in partnership with more than 80 Uptown residents, helping them achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and their families. For more information, visit or follow Memphis Habitat on social media.

Posted by Kim Morrison Stewart at 4:34 PM
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