Many people often say home is where the heart is, but to eight-year-old Flint Hill elementary student Keyon Davis, home means much more.
Keyon recently won the Georgia Association Housing Redevelopment Authority elementary competition asking young people from the ages of 6 to 18 to illustrate a picture and write a paragraph on what home means to them. His poster and writing will go on to the National competition taking place Oct. 28-30 in Nashville. The grand prize is having the winner's art appear on the 2013 calendar. He will be awarded a $100 cash prize for winning the state level.
"The event is sponsored by the National Association of Housing Redevelopment Officials program and started four years ago to inspire residents of the Housing Authorities across America youth to define what home means to them," Executive Director Greg Williams said.
When Keyon’s mother Alexica Davis found out about the contest, she asked her son what home meant to him.
"He told me that home meant family, security, peace and love," Davis said.
Keyon said he mom then encouraged him to compete in the contest.
"Home is love, peace, family, security, joy and happiness," Keyon said in his paragraph attached to his poster. "I love my family. My mom and sister are the world to me…without them, I would have no home."
Louise B. Adams, Chairman Board of Commissioners said that she was proud of Keyon’s skills in art and writing.
"You have the gift," she told him. "We look forward to seeing your work in the calendar if you win the national competition."
Williams is confident that Keyon’s work stands up to the competition.
"We know that his art work will stand out at the competition," Williams said.
Keyon said that he likes art, writing, and playing with his two-year-old little sister.
Six-year-old Zalaiah Mitchell and nine-year-old Zaporia Coleman also participated in the competition from the Covington Housing Authority as well.
"We are proud of all of them," Williams said.