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FAIR HOUSING CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Annapolis, MD (May 9, 2014) – The Maryland Association of REALTORS® (MAR) and special guest Maryland State Comptroller, Peter Franchot announced the winners of the annual Fair Housing Poster Contest during a recognition ceremony at the Goldstein Treasury Building. Students representing 13 schools across the state received a certificate and a gift card co-sponsored by BB&T Bank.
As part of the contest, students were asked to illustrate the theme The Key to Fair Housing is Cultural Diversity. The thirteen winning posters will be reproduced in a colorful calendar for 2015 that Maryland REALTORS® will distribute statewide to promote the principles of fair housing. The contest allows school children to express their ideas creatively while fostering the principles of equal opportunity in housing.
Maryland REALTORS® plan and orchestrate this community-based program by working with their local schools and youth organizations. “We believe that children can become great advocates for diverse communities later in life,” said Maryland State Comptroller, Peter Franchot.
April marks the 46th anniversary of the enactment of the federal Fair Housing Law. The landmark legislation passed in 1968 prohibits discrimination while purchasing or renting a house and encourages fair housing opportunities for all.
MAR maintains a housing opportunities website www.marylandhomeownership.com, which includes programs, initiatives, and other valuable resources for consumers and those who are interested in owning their own home.
The Maryland Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in Maryland serving over 22,000 members dedicated to preserving the vitality of the real estate market. REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark which may only be used by those real estate professionals who subscribe to the REALTOR® organization’s strict Code of Ethics, and who are members of the National, State, and Local REALTOR® organization.
CHILDREN’S ARTWORK REPRESENTS
COMMITMENT TO FAIR HOUSING
In honor of Fair Housing Month, REALTORS® celebrate the great strides made in non-discriminatory homeownership. The Maryland Association of REALTORS® selected the following children’s artwork to be featured on the 2015 Fair Housing Calendar that is distributed to individuals and businesses throughout the state.
“Fair Housing is the Key to Cultural Diversity”
POSTER CONTEST WINNERS
Grade/Name School County
(6th) Mariclaire Anderson Seton Home School Washington County
(4th) Grace Baeurle Worcester Preparatory School Worcester County
(3rd) Ruth Bridgers Highland Park Elementary School Prince George’s County
(6th) Joshua Cherry Talbot County 4-H Club Talbot County
(4th) “Cali” Allyn Ellis North East Elementary School Cecil County
(7th) Gabriella Kuper Mountain Christian School Harford County
(7th) Lily Mae Norris Middletown Middle School Frederick County
(4th) Erika Quenano St. Mary’s School Charles County
(4th) Bryce Richter Broad Ford Elementary School Garrett County
(8th) Elizabeth Rochabrand Gaithersburg Middle School Montgomery County
(K) Isabella Sherwood Germantown Elementary Anne Arundel County
(6th) Samantha Smith West Middle School Carroll County
(7th) Williams Zimmerman Harper’s Choice Middle School Howard County