Two William Floyd student-artists – Lily Gomez, a sixth grader at William Paca Middle School, and Kraig Benson, a third grader at William Floyd Elementary School – were recently selected as grade level winners of the 2019 Shanti Fund “Peace Artworks” poster contest. For their efforts, Lily will receive a cash prize of $601 and Kraig will receive $301. The theme of this year’s contest was “Peace and Gandhi” and as grade level winners, their artwork will also be included in the Shanti Fund’s 13th annual Peace Calendar.
Lily’s artwork consisted of Earth’s sphere with all the continents with words written on them such as crime, poverty, racism and terrorism written on them with a paintbrush in the colors of the rainbow with words such as love, peace, kindness and acceptance painting over the world. Included in the artwork was one of Gandhi’s famous quotes, “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”
Regarding the meaning behind her work, Lily explained, “Even with all the negativity in the world, there is always a way to make a change for the better and paint the world with peace.” Jillian Berner, Lily’s art teacher at William Paca Middle School, described Lily as a dedicated student with incredible talent and attention to detail.
Kraig’s artwork consisted of a silhouette of Gandhi under a bright sun and blue skies symbolizing peace along with his famous quote: “If you want to reach real peace in that world, we should start educating children.”
“Kraig has shown a love for drawing since kindergarten,” said Linda Francis, Kraig’s art teacher at William Floyd Elementary School. “He was inspired to draw Gandhi’s silhouette in art class and his creativity and talent is amazing. I’d like to congratulate him and hope he continues his genuine interest in art and drawing.”