Story last updated at 11:59 a.m. Thursday, May 2, 2002

'Home' means much to students
by R.J. Kelly
Managing Editor

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  Photo by R. J. Kelly, Homer News
Crystal Wilhelmy  
When local real estate broker Angie Newby decided to sponsor a contest for school children to show "What My Home Means to Me" last August, the events of Sept. 11 could not even be imagined.

After the tragic attacks on America, the contest became more than just part of the community curriculum in area third- and fourth-grade classrooms, Newby said.

Last Thursday, West Homer Elementary fourth-grader Crystal Wilhelmy was recognized for her crayon drawing of a flag with her thoughts of home written on the white stripes.

Wilhelmy was among 57 students at West Homer, Otter Beach, Nikolaevsk and Chapman schools who participated in the contest sponsored by Newby's agency, Homer Real Estate Associates, and five other area businesses.

A jury of artists for Bunnell Street Gallery selected Wilhelmy's entry, which demonstrated that her home encompassed her country as well, according to the award announcement. The approximately 18- by 24-inch drawing was framed by Art Shop Gallery and will be on view at West Homer Elementary and then at sponsoring businesses.

Wilhelmy received a gift certificate from Timeless Toys and her class, taught by Melissa Cloud, received a basket of classroom supplies from Total Office Supply. Every student who participated in the contest got an ice cream from McDonald's of Homer.

"We received a lot of very positive feedback" in visits to the various schools, Newby said. As a result she plans on making the contest an annual event.