PARRISH, Fla. – Neal Communities held its 16th annual “My Favorite Home” art contest at Annie Lucy Williams Elementary School in Parrish, Fla. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. Students in all grade levels participated in the program creating an image of a home on paper.
The staff at Williams Elementary School selected the top ten finalists for each grade level. Then, a group of community leaders and Neal staff chose the winner for each grade. The Neal team will select an overall winner, whose art will appear on the cover of the Neal Communities’ holiday card.
“Each year, I am more impressed by the creativity the children display through their chosen home designs. This is always one of my favorite community endeavors, and we are proud to support art programs in our region’s schools,” said Neal Communities’ president, Pat Neal.
Art instructor Nancy Seagle created a detailed lesson plan to incorporate a variety of mediums and materials into the project. Kindergarten students used construction paper collage; first graders used oil pastel technique; second graders used folded houses; third graders used printmaking collage; fourth graders used pen and ink; and fifth graders used two-point linear perspective.
“The students thoroughly enjoyed the entire process of learning a new art medium, illustrating their favorite home and having their artwork displayed around the school,” said Seagle. “Establishing a foundation for the arts in elementary school is crucial for a child’s growing appreciation and respect for the creative process, and we are thankful to the Neal team for including us in this year’s event,” said Seagle.
Neal Communities donated $1,000 to the school to purchase art supplies. The winning students from each grade level were as follows:
Kindergarten – Briana Pickwood; first grade – Kiley Hoyer; second grade – Samantha Tucker; third grade – Aliya Barnett-Ferarraccio; fourth grade – Emily Greef; fifth grade – Jadon Pacaraw.
About Neal Communities
Neal Communities was named one of 2012’s “America’s Best Builders” by BUILDER Magazine and voted the “2013 Best Residential Builder in Southwest Florida” in a readers’ poll sponsored by Gulfshore Business Magazine. The company is ranked No.1 locally by Metrostudy and by Hanley Wood Market Intelligence based on number of home sales and ranked No.50 nationally among homebuilders by BUILDER Magazine. To date, Neal has built over 10,000 homes in Southwest Florida. As the area’s largest and most established, locally owned and operated private builder, Neal Communities is continually striving for excellence in every aspect of the home building and development business. Neal Signature Homes, Neal Land Ventures, Charlene Neal PureStyle, Waterscapes Pools & Spas and Allegiant Title Professionals all contribute to the firm’s continued, record-setting local success. The company’s honors and accolades include 42 Parade of Homes 2014 awards, 50 Aurora Awards, 5 Best in American Living Awards and hundreds of local and regional industry awards. For more information, please visit www.nealcommunities.com.