D5 member, Sandee Taylor, judged two categories at the annual Circle Benton Elementary writing contest. She judged fourth grade poetry and sixth grade prose. Sandee will attend the reception and awards ceremony later this spring.
Kerry Moyer, District 2 member, was a guest speaker for Riverside Elementary School's Reading Across America Event (March 1) Of the event, Kerry says, "Getting to talk about writing and poetry with kids was a lot of fun!"
A Writers in the Community note from D4 member, Nancy Julien Kopp:
I presented a program, "Writing Your Family Stories" March 16th for two P.E.O. chapters in Hesston and Newton area. The program prompted some good discussion about writing family stories.
My picture and short bio of me had appeared in the P.E.O. Record magazine which is how they came to invite me to do a program. I got to choose the topic. P.E.O. is a philanthropic educational organization for women in the USA and Canada.
WRITERS IN COMMUNITY:
District 5 recently held a writing contest for Tracey Anderson’s gifted Sixth-grade English classes in Derby. Judges were Connie White, Gretchen Eick, Sandee Taylor, Amy Ackerman, Taylor Stuckey, and Ray aka "Griz" Racobs. We used two judges for each of three genres: flash fiction, short story, and poetry. We wanted the kids to see how different judges vary in their evaluations. We awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and some honorable mentions for each genre. Griz and Connie presented the kids with their awards (gift cards or cash and certificates, and spent an hour with each group talking about our experiences as writers. The kids were eager to talk, and asked us to come back next year. We would encourage the districts to reach out to the schools in this manner. We will be asking more D5 members to join in the judging next year. We received Derby school water bottles filled with candy, and thank-you cards handmade by the students.
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