Elementary students are celebrating Black History Month by participating in the second annual U.S. Cellular-sponsored art competition.
Columbia Public School students in grades one through five can participate by submitting an original portrait of a famous historical or present day African-American person using any art medium. The competition began Feb. 1.
Entries may be submitted to the U.S. Cellular retail locations at 2300 Bernadette Drive or 2703 E. Broadway by Feb. 28. The public can vote for a favorite portrait at these locations until March 4.
Winners will be awarded March 5 at one of the two stores. The location has not yet been chosen.
First-place winners will receive U.S. savings bonds in the amount of $500. Second-place winners will receive $200 and third-place winners will receive $150. Also, the students’ work will be on display at U.S. Cellular stores throughout March.
“Through our partnership with Columbia Public Schools, U.S. Cellular hopes to provide an inspirational, creative way for children to honor Black History Month,” said Judy Allen, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in Columbia.