Linda Ridgell, 7th grade student at Lockerman Middle School, is the recipient of the third place award in the “Together We’re Better” Inclusive Education Campaign and Artwork Contest. The award was announced in a special virtual presentation held on February 9, 2021 by Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan, Maryland State Department of Education Assistant State Superintendent Marcella Franczkowski, and Maryland Department of Disabilities Secretary Carol Beatty. Linda received a gift card for her achievement, and was recognized at the Caroline County Board of Education meeting in March.
The contest is sponsored by The Arc Maryland, and is part of a state-wide elementary, middle, and high school campaign to promote disability awareness and provide students with an opportunity to explore and appreciate the diverse abilities and talents of all classmates. The Arc Maryland is the largest statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to the rights and quality of life of persons with intellectual or developmental disabilities and their families. This work is done through public policy, advocacy, public awareness, and training and membership support.