2012 Fair Housing Award Recipients


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The Cambridge Human Rights Commission hosted its annual fair housing poster and essay contest awards ceremony last week at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School. 

Commission Chair Melissa Gonzalez-Brenes emceed this year’s ceremony and Timothy Robison, Acting Region 1 Director of the Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development delivered the keynote address.

Twenty-six students were awarded prizes for their contest entries. Meklit Melaku of the Morse School, who won first place in the essay contest, read her essay on this year’s theme, “The Key to Fair Housing Is to Not Discriminate.”  Lucas Gibson of the Kennedy/Longfellow School was awarded first prize in the poster contest.  Top prize winners were awarded U.S. Savings bonds donated by Cambridge Savings Bank, East Cambridge Savings Bank and Cambridge Trust Co.  All contest participants were given t-shirts generously donated by these banks. 

Many thanks to the banks and the following businesses for their support and generous donations:   Boston Duck Tours, Lanes and Games, Newbury Comics and MIT Credit Union, as well as to teachers Lydia Garcia, Ryan Platner and Karen Thompson for encouraging their students’ participation in the contest.

Pictured Top Righ: 2012 Fair Award participants.  Pictured Below: Meklit Melaku, Morse School, won first place in the essay contest. Lucas Gibson, Kennedy/Longfellow School, was awarded first prize in the poster contest. First Place Winner Photos taken by Carmen Negron.

first prize essay winner Meklit Melaku

first prize fair housing poster winner Gibson.

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