The Richmond Register

March 1, 2014

‘Don’t Monkey Around, Be A Children’s Champion’

A Daniel Boone student wins billboard contest third year in row

By Crystal Wylie
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — You don’t have to wait around to be a children’s champion and you shouldn’t have to think about it, said Raelynn Miller, 11, a fifth-grader at Daniel Boone Elementary.

"You just do it ― like the Nike concept,” she said explaining her winning poster entry “Don’t Monkey Around” in the annual Be A Children’s Champion billboard contest.

She tries to be a children’s champion each day, she said, by “cheering kids up when they’re feeling down.”

In front of her classmates Wednesday, Raelynn was presented with a plaque and $100 from the Kiwanis Clubs in Richmond and Berea. Judge/Executive Kent Clark read a proclamation that designated March as “Be A Children’s Champion” month.

Beginning next week and for two months, Raelynn’s poster will be displayed on three billboards, one in Berea and two in Richmond.

Raelynn said seeing her billboard will make her feel very proud of herself.

"I look forward to driving past it on my way to school every day. My parents keep talking about it,” Raelynn said with a laugh.

She knew she wanted to choose bright colors and contrasting red lettering, she said, so that her poster could show up well on a billboard if she was to win.

Raelynn is the 16th winner of the annual contest, and the third student in a row to win from Daniel Boone Elementary School. Last year’s winner was then-fourth-grader Tanner McIntosh.

One entry is chosen from each elementary school in the Madison County and Berea districts. Those entries were then voted on by the Children’s Champion of Madison County committee, led by chair Phillis Adams.

Adams was Kentucky River Foothills Head Start director until she retired after 35 years of service. Along with Family Resource and Youth Services Center directors from local schools, she helped begin the group in 1997.
The following year, the group began displaying the posters on billboards through the generosity of local sponsors and contributors such as the Kiwanis Club, Adams said.
“The whole idea is to make everyone in the community more aware of doing the right thing for kids,” she said. “We want adults to be more thoughtful about children’s issues and become advocates for them.”
The main responsibility of the group is to “get the message out,” Adams said. “And to be on the forefront of making things better for our kids.”
Along with countywide student participation, the billboard poster contest is a great way to reach out to the community, she added.

Raelynn’s artwork will be on display on billboards through April. The three locations are:

• At the corner of Big Hill Avenue and Robert R. Martin Bypass in Richmond

• Next to the railroad tracks on East Main Street in Richmond

• Near Walgreens off Richmond Road in Berea

March is Children’s Champion Month and is full of family-oriented activities:

March 1-14

• Richmond Parks and Recreation coloring contest, ages 3-7, coloring pages available at the libraries, Richmond City Hall and Richmond Parks and Recreation.

March 1

•Dr. Seuss Birthday Party, 1-2 p.m., Richmond Library

March 3

• Volunteer training, 6 p.m., Foley Middle School Library

• All Mondays in March, Fit Club, 4 p.m., Berea Community School, elementary-age children

March 6

• Dr. Seuss Night, 5:30-7 p.m., Kingston Elementary School

• Car seat check and consignment sale, 6-7 p.m., Eastside Community Church

• Cultural Night, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Berea Community Elementary, 986-1021

March 8

• Mother-son date night, Chick-fil-A at the Richmond Centre. Purchase tickets for 5:30 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. seating time. 625-0388

March 9

• Creative Expression, 4-5:30 p.m., Trinity Church PCA, Richmond. Drug and alcohol prevention program for youth groups, speaker Drew Smith. Pizza and $25 provided for each youth group. Sponsored by the Faith Task Force. For details, call  986-3770.

March 10

• Children Appreciation Day, Cracker Barrel in Richmond. Free child’s “goody bag” with any purchase.  

• Music Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Richmond Library, ages 2-5.

March 11

• Small Friends, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Madison County Cooperative Extension Office. For expecting parents and families with children up to age 5. Activities and healthy snacks.

March 12

• True Lies assemblies at Madison Central High School. Presentations about youth violence, texting, drug and alcohol prevention, and role modeling.


March 13

• Toyota bornlearning Academy, Berea Community, Parents/children ages 0-5, 986-1021

March 14

• Music Time, 10 a.m., Shannon Johnson Elementary, for families of children ages 0-5.

March 16

• Pickle Party, 6 p.m., Unity Baptist Church, Richmond. Activities and games for children and parents.  Snacks provided. Bring a jar of pickles for God’s Outreach.  Sponsored by the children at Unity Baptist.

March 17

• Paws to Read, 4 p.m., Richmond Library. Kids read to trained therapy dogs and there will also be St. Patrick’s Day crafts.

March 18

• School Staff Appreciation Day, Chick-fil-A at the Richmond Centre. Free cookie with any purchase and a school identification.

• Sidekick Siblings, 6-8 p.m., variety of activities for all ages, Memorial Park in Berea, Russel Acton Folk Center (if inside). Civil war activities provided by Emily Burn’s Civil War Shop & The Battle of Richmond.

March 22

• Indoor Petting Zoo, 10 a.m.-noon, Berea Library.

• Indoor Petting Zoo, 2-4 p.m., Richmond Library.

March 23

• Family Bowling Day, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Galaxy Bowling Center, $10 per lane for one hour (includes shoe rental).

March 24  

• Children Appreciation Day, Cracker Barrel in Richmond. Free child’s “goody bag” with any purchase.

• Music Time, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Richmond Library, ages 2-5.

March 25

• Ghost Out, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Berea Community School, impaired driver prevention program. Sponsored by the Madison County Safety Coalition and EKU Nursing.

March 28

• Parent’s Night Out, Richmond Parks & Recreation, 623-8753