The annual 109th Precinct Community Council breakfast once again showed that youngsters and the police can learn from each other.
The event was held Friday morning at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel with the announcement of the council’s art contest winners. Participants were from the five junior high schools within the precinct’s area. Deputy Inspector Brian Maguire, the commanding officer, said that there were hundreds of entries
Maguire seemed amazed by the artwork, which ranged from colored pencil drawings to watercolors. The five top winners received $50 gift cards to Target and certificates. In addition, their art is displayed in a 2013 calendar produced by the community council.
The theme was police and community partnership. Scenes included officers on helicopter and boat patrols, overseeing parades, on horseback and with members of the K-9 unit.
Coco Mung, 12, a 7th grader at JHS 189, took top honors for her watercolor depiction of an officer with a dog patrolling Francis Lewis Park. “I wondered what police officers do, so I watched,” Coco said.
The art project took two weeks to finish and she was happily surprised to win. “I like to draw,” she added.
Other winners were: Sumaiya Mahin of IS 237, second place; Isabel Yagerman of JHS 194, third place; Yaejin Yim of JHS 185, fourth place; and Ester Oh of Bell Academy, fifth place.
Students from Flushing High School were awarded for their drawings, which were used in a safety-themed coloring book that will be distributed to area elementary schools. They were Hilai Hammat, In Kyeong Jang, Qiong Zheng, Bhavdeep Patel, Diana Rexha, Gurpreet Kaur and Lalita Kamilvathin.
Council President Chrissy Voskerichian said the meetings are always well-attended and presented a slide show of the group’s yearly events including National Night Against Crime, a holiday party and a recent bus trip to the World Trade Center site.