This is the second year that the retired teachers have sponsored this competition.
According to state standards, letter writing is a skill taught at the third grade level. Therefore, third grade students around the county are asked to write a letter explaining what their grandparents mean to them.
Teachers select the top three letters for submission. Jan Schoellman, chair of the committee, reported that 75 letters were received this year and the job of choosing just one letter was extremely difficult from so many extremely well written ones.
“We finally were able to narrow it down to two and decided to award a second place as well,” she said. “Only one point separated the scores.”
Last year’s winner was Lynsey Kennedy of New Richmond Elementary.
All 75 participants were awarded certificates and “writing whiz” pencils. The winners were given trophies and gift cards.
Miss McClanahan, Webster’s teacher, and Ms. Crawford, Fritz’s teacher, were also given gift cards.
Note to grandparents everywhere from the retired teachers: The children appreciate the attention you give them and reported the things you do with them, whether it is baking cookies, playing games, or going fishing. Their love for you definitely shows in the letters they wrote.