Barnes Wendling CPAs supports art programs at Urban Community School


November 15, 2022, Urban Community School, 4909 Lorain Avenue: (L-R) Art Teacher Molly Geib, students: Julian Mendez, Maise McPartland, and Ilinca Rodriguez, with Principal Nora French 

Elementary students participate in art contest; schools receive program funds 

     (Plain Press, December 2022) Barnes Wendling CPAs, a Northeast Ohio accounting and business advisory firm, with offices in Cleveland, Sheffield Village and Sandusky, sponsored a Thanksgiving Art Contest for students in four Northern Ohio elementary schools, including Urban Community School on the Near West Side of Cleveland.

     Through the contest, now in its 22nd year, students in grades second, third and fourth receive awards and prizes for the best drawing. In addition, the firm donates $500 to each school’s art program.  

     “For over 20 years, this is a favorite tradition for us,” said Jeffrey Neuman, president at Barnes Wendling CPAs. “We are proud to support local educators and creative students in the communities in which we reside.” 

     Artwork is hung throughout each of the firm’s offices and staff vote on the top three pieces.   

     Barnes Wendling CPAs hosted an award ceremony at each school to present the winning students with awards and prizes, including individual art supply kits and an ice cream party. The students are very excited at the assemblies to hear who the winners are, and the teachers are appreciative of the funding support for their programs.  

     On November 15th three students at Urban Community School, at 4909 Lorain Avenue in Cleveland, were honored for their artwork: Ilinca Rodriguez took first place, Julian Mendez took second place, and Maise McPartland took third place.  

     The winning artwork will be featured on the firm’s social media channels and on a Thanksgiving holiday card mailed to the firm’s clients.   

     Other participating schools include Norwalk Catholic School, Sandusky Central Catholic School, and Brookside Intermediate School in Sheffield Lake.

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