Ohio pension fund celebrates with art

The Ohio School Employees Retirement System received more than 135 entries in the student artwork contest held to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

The $10.5 billion pension fund had invited K-12 students in any public or charter school in Ohio to submit artwork, in any medium, depicting a favorite bus driver, cafeteria worker, custodian, educational aide, librarian aide or office staff member.

Representing: Artwork from Beth Thompson was among the winning entries.

“We were pretty darn pleased with the results,” said Pam Burton, senior internal communications coordinator at the pension fund in Columbus. Submissions came from “a wide range of age groups and ... a pretty fascinating skill level.”

Entries were split into five levels by grade, with first-, second- and third-prize winners named in each category. Winners were chosen by 10 to 12 people from multiple departments at the pension fund.

The winning artwork is on display at the pension fund's offices, as well as on its website at

This article originally appeared in the November 12, 2012 print issue as, "Ohio pension fund celebrates with art".