Local child’s art places in national contest

Peggy Kirkland and Robert Thomas with the S.C. Regional Housing Authority #3 congratulate Kayla Robinson (center), who won honorable mention in a national coloring contest.

Peggy Kirkland and Robert Thomas with the S.C. Regional Housing Authority #3 congratulate Kayla Robinson (center), who won honorable mention in a national coloring contest.

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Jonathan Vickery - Staff Writer

A Barnwell student colored her way to an honorable mention in a national calendar contest.
Kayla Robinson, 12, was the only child from South Carolina whose drawing appears in the "2013 What Home Means to Me" calendar. Hundreds of children nationwide who live in the properties of housing authorities entered the contest where they drew what their home means to them.
Robinson said she was happy to participate in the contest, especially since drawing is a hobby of hers. "It's my main thing to do if I'm bored," said Robinson, a fifth grader at Barnwell Elementary School.
Robinson is the daughter of Inell Owens and Levi Robinson, and has one brother, James Owens.
"I'm mighty proud Kayla was able to represent our Housing Authority and South Carolina in this competition," said Robert Thomas, the executive director of S.C. Regional Housing Authority #3. "I hope she continues pursuing art."
Before her honorable mention on the national level, Robinson won first place on the local level through the SCRHA 3 followed by second place on the two-state level for all housing authorities in South and North Carolina.
Other Barnwell County winners on the local level were: Dinara Byas, Diamond Carter, Joemarius Jones, Sade' Kearse, Kayanni Jenkins, Taniyja Pinder and Kevonshae Pinder.
Thomas said this contest is a good way for children to come together and express "how important it is to have a stable environment growing up."