This was a year to remember for Lexington Family’s annual Writing Contest. It was our 10th year and our biggest response ever with 1,499 children in grades K-5 entering their stories.
Even more exciting, for the first time ever, we partnered with sponsor Midway College to offer a $250 prize to the school with the highest percentage of participation.
That proved to be motivation for dozens of teachers in the Bluegrass who entered their entire class and even their entire school. The prize went to Providence Elementary in Clark County, which had entries from 100% of their students!
We asked children in grades K-5 to write 100 words about “The Day I Traded Places With My Pet…”
This proved to be a creative story starter. Children told us of their wild adventures as dogs, cats, chickens, snakes, hamsters, unicorns, rabbits and even a fish named Elvis.
The pets in their stories went to school, explored the backyard, got into trouble and even went on adventures in outer space.
Essays were judged in three grade categories, K & 1st, 2nd & 3rd and 4th & 5th. Prizes were awarded to both boys and girls.
Winners received prizes from American Girl, BreyerFest, Popar Toys and Poof-Slinky. Entries were judged on how well they fit the theme, how creative they were and how well they were written.
(For a complete list of winners and their essays, plus our honorable mention winners please visit www.lexingtonfamily.com)
Look for all the details on next year’s contest starting in January. Essays will be due at the end of March 2015.
2014 Grand Prize Winners
Girls: Emma Natof (Rosa Parks Elementary).
Boys: Daryn Daniels (Early Learning Village, Franklin County).
Girls: Jessica Mukhopadhyay (Picadome Elementary).
Boys: Ezra Blackman (Cassidy Elementary).
Girls: Brynn DeLuca (Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary).
Boys: Justin Gal (Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary).