For the third straight year, Since letter writing is taught at the third grade level, for the last three years, the retired teachers have invited third grade teachers to enter the writing competition.
Students are asked to write a letter to the association describing what their grandparents mean to them.
The classroom teacher chooses three to send to the retired teachers to compete with all the others sent in. Committee chair, Jan Schoellman, commented that each year the competition gets more difficult as the children improve their letter writing skills.
This year’s committee, consisting of Mary Jane Kauffman, Brenda Mauer, Phyllis Neal, Vanda Gregory, Janet Gibson, Marge Edwards, and Yvette Dougay, found it impossible to choose just one letter. Josh Pedersen of Locust Corner Elementary (New Richmond School District) was declared “Runner Up.” Both Chloe and Josh received certificates, trophies, and a $25 gift card.
All entries received certificates and ‘writing whiz’ pencils.
All teachers who participated received a potted plant. The teachers of the two winners, Dorothy Thompson of Spaulding and Ms. Miller of Locust Corner, also received $25 gift cards.
Chloe wrote about preparing a huge meal with her Grandma made with “a hint of love and laughter.” When she is with her Grandpa, she can “let all my spunky feelings out.”
Josh, on the other hand, summarized his letter by saying “As you can see, there are many favorite things about them, but the thing I love the most is how much they love me and I love them.”
Both children were invited to the June retired teachers meeting to read their letters to all the members.