The Richmond Register

Local News

February 9, 2013

Be a Children’s Champion ‘and you’ll be an all-star’

Second consecutive billboard contest winner from Daniel Boone

RICHMOND — The artwork of most any 9-year-old might make it to the refrigerator, with two magnets holding it up next to the grocery list. But Tanner McIntosh, a fourth-grader at Daniel Boone Elementary, will be able to drive by and look out of a car window to view his masterpiece.

Tanner was chosen as the winner of this year’s Be A Children’s Champion poster contest. His poster will be displayed on three billboards, one in Berea and two in Richmond.

Picking a theme for his poster was pretty easy, Tanner said in an interview at the Richmond Register office Wednesday. “I love baseball. I really just like all sports, and I thought other people would like the idea of being an all-star.”

Although he said it was hard to determine what the background would be, he finally settled on his favorite color: neon green.

“I just went with it — I knew it had to be bright,” Tanner said.

He modeled the man and woman on the poster after his mom and dad, Traci and Scott McIntosh, he said, but he put “an artistic spin on them.”

When asked about the person in the middle with the big muscles, he turned his thumbs inward, pointed at himself and replied, “That’s this guy, right here.”

Tanner is the second winner in a row from teacher Mary Carole Tate’s class at Daniel Boone, Traci said.

He also is the 15th winner of the annual contest, which has gained popularity in the county’s schools over the years, said Phillis Adams, chair of the Be A Children’s Champion group.

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 contributers 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.

Although Tanner learned everything he knew about drawing from his sister, he said, he’s probably not going to spend any of his $100 prize money on her.

“She’s a good drawer. She inspired me,” Tanner said of his sister, Morgan McIntosh, an eighth-grader at B. Michael Caudill Middle School.

After donating $10 of the money to his church, Tanner wants to buy the architecture-series Legos to build the Empire State Building.

Tanner aspires to be an engineer when he grows up, he said, and has already constructed a Lego replica of the White House.

However, he added, “The worse thing about Legos, if you step on them in the dark, it hurts like crazy.”

March is Children’s Champion Month and is full of family-oriented activities (more events will be announced as they are confirmed):

• March 4: Car seat checks by Safe Kids Madison County and the health department, 2:30-4:30 p.m. at Berea Head Start (behind the Russel Acton Folk Center). For details, call 626-4251.

•  March 8: Kidz Night Out, activities and refreshments for ages 6-12, 6 -10 p.m., Russel Acton Folk Center. Admission is $3 per child, who must be signed up by noon. For details, call Berea Parks & Recreation at 986-9402.

• March 12: Couponing for Parents, 9-10:30 a.m. and 6-7:30 p.m., Madison County Cooperative Extension Center. Register by calling 623-4072.

• School Staff Appreciation, Chick-fil-A at the Richmond Centre. Show a school ID to get a free cookie with a meal purchase.

• March 16: Indoor Petting Zoo, 10:30-12:30 p.m. at the Madison County Public Library Richmond location and 2-4 p.m. at the Berea location. Door prizes will be awarded.

• March 17: Family Special Bowling Day, noon to 4 p.m., Galaxy Bowling Center. The price is $10 per lane per hour. 

 

 

Tanner’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

1
Text Only
Local News
  • 4-24 UKatWaco1.jpg Wildcats encourage Cardinals to work hard in school

    University of Kentucky student athletes Kastine Evans, a guard on the women’s basketball team, and Jon Hood, a guard on the men’s team, stopped by Waco Elementary School on Wednesday to talk about the benefits of working hard in school.

    April 23, 2014 4 Photos

  • Mayor, commissioner pay changed

    The Richmond City Commission approved 5-1 a new pay scale for the mayor and commissioners at a special-called meeting Wednesday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-24 Lorenzo McWilliams.jpg Harrodsburg to get old Richmond police mobile computers

    Richmond is donating to the city of Harrodsburg eight of 39 old computers formerly used in police cruisers.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 4-24 HOSAblooddrive.jpg Health science students organize blood drive

    Aside from the gift cards and free snacks, 50 Madison County high school students have other reasons for donating 35 pints of blood Wednesday to the Kentucky Blood Center at Madison Central High School.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Third student charged in dorm room robbery

    A third person, originally thought to be a robbery victim, was charged Wednesday in connection with an armed robbery that occurred March 30 on Eastern Kentucky University’s campus

    April 23, 2014

  • Bucher Family plant sale starts Friday

    The Bucher Family annual plant sale, a yearly tradition in Madison County for 15 years, will kick off Friday morning.

    April 23, 2014

  • 4-23 Gravestone.jpg In search of the last resting place

    At a popular illegal dump site off Bybee Loop in Waco, two marble grave markers were among some items found there by Pat and Ronnie Aldridge, residents who live about 250 yards from the area.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fiscal court awards EMA bids

    Two more bids were awarded at Tuesday’s Madison County Fiscal Court meeting for the emergency operations agency.

    April 22, 2014

  • 4-23 Peter Crowe.jpg Intoxicated man charged with wanton endangerment

    A 27-year-old Richmond man was charged Sunday with second-degree wanton endangerment after he was found intoxicated and walking with several young children in the Keystone Drive area, according to a Richmond police report.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Absentee voting available for May 20 election

    Walk-in absentee voting for the May 20 primary has begun and will continue until May 19, County Clerk Kenny Barger announced Tuesday at the Madison Fiscal Court meeting.

    April 22, 2014

AP Video
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Should Richmond rezone the southwest corner of Main Street and Tates Creek Avenue to B-1 (Neighborhood Business) with restrictions to allow construction of a financial services office?

Yes
No
     View Results