BOSTON — Newburyport first-grader Nicholas Blanchette was among 11 students honored at the Statehouse on Monday as a winner of the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s My Ideal School contest.
Blanchette, a student at the Bresnahan, was recognized by state Treasurer Steven Grossman, chairman of the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), and Jack McCarthy, MSBA executive director.
“We were delighted to receive thousands of submissions for the My Ideal School contest and were deeply impressed by the creativity and enthusiasm of students from across the commonwealth,” Grossman said in a statement. “This contest is a great opportunity for us to engage school children because it offers them the chance to demonstrate their ideas and imagination in a thoughtful and artistic way.”
The contest was open to first-grade students around the state and was designed to promote a discussion between students and teachers as to how thoughtful design and construction of schools in Massachusetts supports student learning. Students were asked to create images of what their ideal school would look like and to describe three things they love about their school.
Twelve regional winners were chosen from among over 2,500 entries. Each winner received an award donated by Sovereign Bank, which sponsored the contest.