The leadership, staff and Board of UCP Central PA would like to extend our deep appreciation and gratitude to the attorneys and staff of the law firm of SchmidtKramer--especially partners Chuck Schmidt, Gerry Kramer, and Scott Cooper--for their unwavering support of the Expressions Contest (and its precursor the Attitudes Essay Contest) for the past 15+ years. We also would like to thank the thousands of students who expressed themselves—mostly in written form, but more recently also in pictures--as well as the hundreds of parents, teachers, and administrators who encouraged and supported their efforts.
We heard from one educator who routinely had students participate in the Contest. In fact, she already had her current crop of students working on submissions for this year. While she was disappointed to hear the Contest has been discontinued, she had high praise for its impact over the years.
"I told the children that we will hang their beautiful pictures and well done essays in the hall. We all learned about amazing people with disabilities who were heroic in their achievements. One wonderful thing about working in a Catholic school is the fact that the children and I can keep these people in daily prayers. They give us encouragement and hope."
-Karen Barna, St. Margaret Mary School
On learning of the decision to discontinue the contest, another teacher shared her appreciation for what the contest was all about:
“We are just so thankful that you have reached out to young people over the years, giving them an opportunity to think about and react to issues that they may otherwise not have considered.”
-Brenda Reed, Eagle View Middle School- Teacher of Gifted Students
We want to extend our warmest appreciation to those who participated over the years. You can some of the winners, presentations over the years Here.