Student Poster Contest Celebrates Fair Housing

May 2, 2019
by Johanna Rodriguez

Student Poster Contest Celebrates Fair Housing

This April, as part of its commemoration of the 51st anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the Consumer Protection Division of the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office hosted its annual Student Fair Housing Poster Contest. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 (also known as the Civil Rights Act of 1968) law prohibits housing discrimination that is based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, handicap or familial status.

More than 350 elementary and middle school students from Santa Monica participated in the contest this year, creating posters that feature the 2019 theme: "Fair Housing Opens Doors". Four of the posters will be published as calendars and will be part of a newspaper ad campaign, helping to raise awareness about fair housing in Santa Monica. 

It was very difficult to select only nine finalists; the artwork the students submitted beautifully captured the fair housing message that we want to convey to our city. Thank you to all the students who participated!

1st Grade – Sofia O’Leary – Saint Anne School/Ms. Andric:


2nd Grade – Analia Alvarez – Saint Anne School/Ms. Costas (Peoples’ Choice):


4th Grade – Amanda Camacho – Saint Anne School/Ms. Renteria:


5th Grade – Eden Craig – Grant/Ms. Kooy (Judges’ Choice--a full-page color ad of the poster was published in the Santa Monica Daily Press on April 23):


6th Grade – Deven Scanlin – Saint Anne School/Mr. Gustafson:


6th Grade – Rayah Todorov – Lincoln Middle School/Ms. Pomatti:


7th Grade – Matthew Martinez – Saint Anne School/Ms. Reed:


8th Grade – Nick Weng – Lincoln Middle School/Ms. Pomatti:


8th Grade – Ava Sigman – Lincoln Middle School/Ms. Pomatti:

Read about other Fair Housing Month activities in the Santa Monica Daily Press

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