Students Write Winning Essays
The Woodridge Library celebrated fathers by sponsoring an essay contest for young people ages 10 to 16. Youth were invited to write a one-page essay entitled “The Father in My Life.” Contestants wrote about the role and importance of their father or father-figure in their life.
The public was invited to a reception on Wednesday, June 16, 2010, where the winners read from their winning essays.
The room was filled with proud teachers, family members, contestants and fathers. The winners were:1st Place, Eric McKan III.; 2nd Place, Danielle Barnes; 3rd Place, Joy Nash;
and honorable mention, Omari Evans and Jasmine Dozier.
The Friends of the Woodridge Library provided monetary awards for the winners: first place $100, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50 and honorable mention $25 each. F.R.E.D (Fathers Reading Every Day) provided books. The FRED program was developed to encourage fathers to become active in their children's early literacy development.
In addition to the monetary prizes, every participant received a backpack with books, library items and other fun items.. Winners were encouraged to continue to study hard, read and improve their reading skills by reading more.
A special thanks to the judges for establishing this yearly event: Vaughn Bennet of Olympic Chess Organization, 4th grade teacher Ashely Anderson of Langdon Educational Campus, librarian Marcia Cross-Briscoe, Shawn Brickhouse, Juanita Garvin and Zalenda Cyrille, Director of Operations and Financial Director of IT'S TIME, Inc.(Inspiring Thoughtful Students by Taking Initiative to Motivate Excellence), an organization whose mission is to help develop young leaders through programs aimed at broadening their perspectives while teaching them how to invest wisely and communicate effectively.