Charity honors children’s snowman artwork

By: Eric Czarnik | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published November 2, 2012

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The results of a children’s art contest are getting the snowball rolling on another year of fundraising for Our Children’s Fund in the West Bloomfield School District.

At an Oct. 29 Board of Education meeting, the charity announced the five winners and 12 honorable mentions of its 2012 Snowman Contest, which judged student submissions of snowman art.

For years, the charity has sold a lapel pin with the winning art entry on it. But this year, the contest organizers have fastened onto a new idea.

This year, the top five winning entries adorn greeting cards that are being sold for charity as part of the 22nd annual Our Children’s Fund Holiday Help campaign.

According to contest co-chair Eleanor Squaire Spears, the group has helped the schools for more than 20 years by offering financial assistance to underprivileged children in the district.

According to Squaire Spears, all schools, including the preschools and Oakland Early College, had students competing in the contest. She called the card sets attractively packaged and ready for gift giving.

“As you can see, this is a hard job, but we had to come up with a winner,” she said.

The winners are Catherine Baker, Olivia Bowyer, Johnita Cody, Emily Tottis and Brett Welford.

The honorable mentions are Mikayla Asher, Emma Burke, Savas Dallas, Abigail David, Clementine Goodman, Alexis Helka, Taylor Killgrove, Morgan-Tylor Neal, Emma Newman, Ashley Pflaum, Kate Ten Eick and Zachary Williams.

Cody, a winner from Oakland Early College, said she usually draws people and portraits, but her snowman card places the snowman figures among the card’s letters and numerals.

“I was really happy to win,” she said. “I didn’t think I was going to win.”

Newman, one of the honorable mentions, described her drawing of a snowman with a bluebird on its nose.

“When I think of a snowman, I kind of think of something happy and jolly during the winter time,” she said. “I like to concentrate on the smaller details of things. I added a bird because I thought just a snowman would be a little too plain.”

Winners earned gift cards and certificates, and honorable mentions took home small gifts and certificates.

The Our Children’s Fund greeting cards will now be sold at West Bloomfield School District schools and the Administrative and Community Services Building, 5810 Commerce Road in West Bloomfield. A package of five cards costs $10. All proceeds will go to Our Children’s Fund.

Learn more about the initiative at or by calling (248) 865-6420.