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Youth Literacy and Hanover essay competition brings local history to life

Youth Literacy and Hanover essay competition winners



Two local teens have been recognized for their outstanding essays on the theme My Childhood Home, a writing competition sponsored by Hanover Rotary and South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy (SGBYL).

Grace Edgcumbe took home the prize in the Junior Category, and Maggie Smith snagged the Senior Category award. Each attended the awards ceremony with their families and the subjects of their interview, Brian Austin and Mary McKay respectively on May 8th, as part of the Hanover Rotary’s meeting.

Grace’s essay, titled Mischief on the Farm, reported on Mr. Austin’s shenanigans as a young boy growing up on a farm, while Maggie’s work chronicled the living conditions and activities of Mary, compared to her own circumstances. Both entrants earned a $100 cash prize, given out by Rotary judge and retired teacher Al Morrow. Elizabeth Hahn served as a judge from the Youth Literacy side.

Morrow said, “This was a particularly good topic …. These girls did a great job”. The competition was aimed at students from Grades 7 to 12 and there is talk of making it an annual affair.

Since 1989, SGBYL has matched screened, trained tutors for one-on-one sessions with students 6-18 who are struggling with literacy skills – reading, writing and math. SGBYL offers drama workshops and s also a resource centre, which offers books, games, puzzles and learning aids to anyone in the South Grey Bruce area (with users from as far north as Owen Sound). All resources and services are free of charge.

Call SGB Youth Literacy 519-364-0008 or email for more information.

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