Ten students, ages 8 to 14, were recently recognized for sharing through art or words their experiences about how COVID-19 has affected them or how they have coped during this pandemic.

The Oakview Citizens Council joined with other neighborhoods, the United Way of Greater High Point and High Point Parks and Recreation to expand its annual contest citywide with the theme “Coping and Adapting to COVID-19.”

Jim Bronnert, president of the Oakview Citizens Council, said it opened the contest citywide because COVID-19 is affecting all students, not simply one neighborhood.

An option to express their experiences through words was also added.

“These kids are going through some trying times, and I don’t think anybody really knows how it’s affecting them,” Bronnert said.