Kids interpret character through artwork

DOWNEY - Downey Federal Credit Union sponsored its fourth annual Character Counts Coloring Contest at two Downey schools.Students at Ward and Lewis elementary schools were encouraged to display their interpretation of one of the six pillars of Character Counts. Finalists received a $25 cash prize and a gift bag with Character Counts merchandise. Eleven winners from Ward and 14 winners from Lewis were announced. Winning students from Ward included Mel Mencos and Isabella De Lira (kindergarten); Allison Rangel and Syed Zaidi (first grade); Jorge Perez, Vianka Bernal and Lucia Medina (second grade); and Isaac Arredondo, Carl Moreno, Stacy Cordero and Elizabeth Morales (third grade). Lewis winners included Jaydin Lucero and Daniel Garcia (kindergarten); Esteban Bowen and Filifili Fanua (first grade); Quanje Maxwell and Julieta Meillon (second grade); Anthony Rivera, Aotoa Fanua and Noronzie Malala (third grade); Christopher Anselmo and Gisselle Gamarro (fourth grade); and Nicholas Rhodes, Lucia Rios and Savannah Bala (fifth grade). "Downey Federal Credit Union is proud to be a partner of Downey Unified School District and the Character Count program," said Barbara Lamberth, president and CEO of DFCU. "We support the school district's adoption of Character Counts and all the activities associated with building character with the students in all Downey schools." Jennifer Robbins, principal of Ward, said, "We are pleased that Downey Federal Credit Union is a close associate of Ward Elementary. Not only has the credit union acted as a partner with our teachers and students, but they have gone the extra mile in providing financial education for our students."

********** Published: November 20, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 31