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Silver City, NM, Student Draws Winning Poster for Homeownership Month

State Director Terry Brunner presents an award to Mireya Cisneros as her parents and her younger brother look on.

State Director Terry Brunner presents an award to Mireya Cisneros as her parents and her younger brother look on.

The Sixth Street Elementary School in Silver City, New Mexico, has seen a lot of students over the years.  But May 8th 2014 was a very special day at the 130-year-old school. Why? Because 10-year-old Mireya Cisneros, a fourth grader, was honored for her winning illustration for New Mexico’s 2014 National Homeownership Month poster contest.

The theme, “What my home means to me!” was the inspiration for the fourth and fifth grade students who participated in the contest held by USDA Rural Development in New Mexico.

Along with her rendition, Ms. Cisneros wrote a short essay saying, “My home means a lot to me because it puts a roof over my head and gives me shelter. I am really glad to have a good home. It makes me feel lucky to have a house because a lot of people in the world don’t have food, a roof over their head, or clothes on their backs.  I’m really lucky to have a home.”

I had the honor of presenting Ms. Cisneros with a certificate of appreciation from USDA Rural Development for her outstanding poster.

Congratulations, Ms. Cisneros, because people across America who don’t own a home will be inspired to become homeowners after seeing your artwork and reading your words. Also, your artwork shows the advantages of homeownership which are many–especially for children.

USDA Rural Development celebrates homeownership month every June to educate the public about the advantages of homeownership. Research shows that the home environment provides improved safety, stability and educational development, which are all good for a child’s upbringing.

Ms. Cisneros’ art work is being displayed by the USDA Rural Development staff in New Mexico as they conduct outreach to celebrate National Homeownership Month. The poster is also hanging in USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s office and at the Rural Development office in Washington, D.C.

Tony Hernandez, Administrator for USDA Housing Programs, and Doug O’Brien, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, display the winning poster that will be displayed in the Secretary of Agriculture’s office.

Tony Hernandez, Administrator for USDA Housing Programs, and Doug O’Brien, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, display the winning poster that will be displayed in the Secretary of Agriculture’s office.

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