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Galloway fifth-graders Isaac Lourie and Charlotte Sirk were recently awarded second and third place, respectively, at the state-level "Letters About Literature Contest" (4-6th grade division).
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, "Letters About Literature" is a reading and writing contest for students in grades four to 12. Students are asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Tens of thousands of students from across the country enter "Letters About Literature" each year.
The awards ceremony for Georgia's state winners was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at the Decatur Library, where The Georgia Center for the Book honored those who had placed in the top three positions for their age group. Isaac was in attendance and read his letter to J.K. Rowling. Charlotte's letter was written to Shel Silverstein.
Galloway's entire fifth-grade class wrote letters to their favorite authors, and in addition to moving on in the contest, many received personal replies! "Along with celebrating their favorite authors, our students discovered the power of self-expression and the possibilities of making connections in the broader world," said Jean Hunter, fifth-grade Language Arts teacher.