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Posted: May 14, 2010 12:30 a.m.

Miracle League announces art contest winners

Gabriel Khouli/

Ashley Housworth, Oak Hill Elementary 2nd grader, and Jayla Porter, Live Oak Elementary 5th grader, were the first place winners in their grades for the Miracle League's Special Olympics art contest.

The Special Olympics ended last week, but the Miracle League of Newton County is committed to providing recreational opportunities to children with special needs year round.

That’s why 20 pictures containing children participating in special needs athletics are posted at the Covington Library. The pictures will stay up throughout the month of May and are the result of an art contest held by the Miracle League.

Out of the 20 submissions, six winners were selected including three from Peachtree Academy, Madison Kraft and Deanna Azahar, 1st grade, and Seka Dembure, 4th grade. The other three winners were Ashley Housworth, 2nd grade, Oak Hill Elementary; Jayla Porter, 5th Grade, Live Oak Elementary; and Jenna Pratt, 2nd grade Special Ed., Palmer Stone Elementary. The winners received 1st place ribbons and coupons to Scoops.

Main Street Covington purchased Scoops gift certificates and donated the coupons and the Arts Association of Newton County donated the matting board to frame the 20 pictures.

Miracle League Consultant Tamara Richardson said her organization has raised about $80,000 of the $85,000 to pay for construction documents for the future Miracle League complex. Richardson said the Charter Charity Golf tournament on June 9 will put the organization over the $85,000 mark.

The entire complex itself is expected to cost around $1.7 million; Phase 1 is expected to cost $500,000 and will include the actual field and the concession stand and restroom building.

Georgia Civil, in Madison, has already been hired to the do the engineering work and Lose & Associates has been hired to the architectural drawings.

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