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Five R.C. Buckley Students Place in Tompkins County Human Rights Arts Competition

Five R.C. Buckley third grade students were recognized as winners of the 2020 Tompkins County Office of Human Rights’ Annual Arts Competition. This is the fourth consecutive year that R.C. Buckley students have been recognized in the competition and the second year in a row that an R.C. Buckley student has been given the prestigious Dorothy Cotton Prize for Poetry. This year, each of the poetry prizes in the "Grades 3-5" category were won by R.C. Buckley students.

“As the grade level leader, I am happy that all third grade classes are entering this contest and that we are addressing the social studies/ELA standards in a way that connects us to both the local community and the world,” said R.C. Buckley Elementary School Teacher Rebecca James.

Throughout Tompkins County, 428 students submitted artwork and poetry for the competition. Students participating in the contest were asked to submit visual art, poetry, or recorded performance about the one or more of the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

“It is wonderful to see our students develop the ability to express themselves on such an important topic. I appreciate the role of this competition to provide an authentic mission and audience for our students' writing,” said James.

The winners were recognized at an Awards Ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11:00 AM at the Tompkins County Public Library’s Avenue of Friends. Students’ artwork and poetry was on display at the event. 

The R.C. Buckley students who received awards are listed below:

Grades 3-5
1st Place: Zoey Feller, Buckley/Lansing: Freedom of Thought
2nd Place: Oscar Law, Buckley: Right to Education
3rd Place: Melody Steinberg, Buckley: We Are All Born Free and Equal
Honorable Mention: Rachel Hopkins, Buckley: The Right to Education
Dorothy Cotton Poetry Prize
Grades 3-5
Ethan Joseph Levy, Buckley: Equal Rights