RICHARDSON – The winners of Richardson’s inaugural Black History Month: Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Art Contest were recently announced and include a kindergartener, a third grader, an eighth grader and an 11th grader from schools in the Richardson and Plano Independent School District.

“We are to be kind and we are to be respectful,” said Kindergartener Shaarvi Karthik while she described her project.

The competition challenged area students to create an image that displays how their unique beliefs and values contribute to our diverse community. The artists juggled homework and chores while working hard to make sure every detail in their art pieces were perfect and every message was clear.

“I want people to walk away thinking about how they treat other people. It doesn’t matter about race or anything, but just how they connect with people. Everyone is the same. We are all one,” said 11th Grader Caroline Huffman from Richardson High School.

The four winning students say they want their work to impact people not only in Richardson, but around the world.

The Art Contest was presented by the Richardson City Council in partnership with RISD, PISD, and UT Dallas, in conjunction with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.

Winners of both competitions will be recognized later this month.

Visit to see all the winning entries.