Annapolis, Md. – Maxi Ruggerio, a fifth grader at Worcester Preparatory School, traveled to Annapolis with family, teachers, and representatives from the Coastal Association of REALTORS® (Coastal) on Monday, April 23, 2018 for a special recognition ceremony with Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford.
(From left) Coastal Association of REALTORS® President Joel Maher, Worcester Preparatory Head of Lower School Laura Holmes, Worcester Preparatory School Art Teacher Rebecca Tittermary, 5th grader Maxi Ruggerio, Cindy and Rhett Ruggerio, and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford. Photo courtesy of Executive Office of the Governor.
The ceremony, held in the Maryland State House, honored 13 students from across the state who were chosen by the Maryland REALTORS® as finalists in this year’s Fair Housing Art Contest. Ruggerio is the finalist from the Lower Eastern Shore.
Ruggerio received a certificate of recognition and a gift from Maryland REALTORS®, and her drawing, which depicts fair housing, will be featured in the 2019 statewide fair housing brochure. Ruggerio previously received a certificate and gift from Coastal for being one of two local finalists that were forwarded to Maryland REALTORS® for consideration of inclusion in the brochure. The other finalist was third grader Isha Garg, also of Worcester Preparatory School.
“Participation in this contest is one of the most important things that we do as a REALTOR® association, because it teaches kids the importance of fair housing and acceptance of all,” said Coastal President Joel Maher. “Congratulations to Maxi for winning the statewide award.”
The annual contest is sponsored by Coastal and Maryland REALTORS®. “Fair Housing” pertains to the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in the sale and rental of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or handicap. The contest aims to teach children that discrimination is not only wrong, but illegal.
Artwork submitted by students had to illustrate this year’s theme, “Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act.”
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