Homeownership Month Poster Contest
Elementary students were awarded certificates for their
National Homeownership Month poster entries.
In a celebration of National Homeownership Month, the East Central
Board of Realtors working with HUD staff created a Homeownership
Poster Contest for Brookings elementary school children enrolled
in after-school programs. The participating students illustrated
why homeownership is important and submitted their art work to a
panel of judges composed of realtors and local officials. Mayor
Virgil Herriott presented savings bond prizes to nine winners
at a special June 27 awards ceremony attended by families, neighbors,
and Brookings residents.
All entries were displayed at local businesses and city offices
throughout the month of June for the entire community to enjoy.
This year, the national homeownership rate reached the highest
in history - 68%. South Dakota's homeownership rate is one
of the highest in the country - over 71%. Homeownership is
critical to the nation's economic health as it strengthens families
through financial security and stability for children. Homeownership
also strengthens communities by creating stakeholders through local