First grader’s winning poster displayed on billboard

PHOTOS PROVIDED Cooper Litz points to the billboard in Mill Hall that displays his winning poster on diversity.

LOCK HAVEN — When 6-year-old Cooper Litz’s poster on diversity was named the winner, the first grade student at Dickey Elementary School was all excited.

So was his first grade teacher, Taylor Thompson.

And so was his mother Missy Litz, his grandmother Judy Bradley, and his big brother, Connor≥

But when Cooper and his family saw the giant billboard in Mill Hall with his poster on it, they were ecstatic.

The contest was sponsored by Keystone Cares, and invited all students in Keystone Central School District in grades 1-5 to create a poster highlighting diversity and inclusion in our schools and community.

Cooper Litz holds his poster at the front of the class for his fellow first-graders at Dickey Elementary School to see.

The instructions were to show how people can live together and work together peacefully, or how people in the community can help make the schools and neighborhoods a better place to live and work.

With a little help from his mom, Cooper designed a poster picturing different types of diversity… a person in a wheel chair and others of different sizes, shapes and nationalities.

And at the top, he wrote, “We are not the same on the outside, but we are the same on the inside. We all have a heart. We all have feelings. Be nice.”

Cooper said he was so happy when the principal told him he was the winner of the poster contest.

He received a $50 gift card.

But the real prize is the huge billboard in Mill Hall that hangs proudly for all to see.