Two DeForestAreaMiddle School 6th graders were recently honored by the DeForest Area Community & Senior Center, Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers, and Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups as winners of an essay contest in honor of Older Americans Month, held in May each year.
The winners, Jordy Wilson, who wrote about family friend and neighbor Chuck Palm, and Tyler Webb, who wrote about his grandfather, were announced at an awards ceremony on May 4 at the middle school. Each was awarded a certificate of achievement and $25 gift card to Barnes & Nobel. Both read their essays aloud at the event. Families of the two students were surprise guests at the ceremony.
Nearly 170 sixth grade students at DeForest Area Middle School entered the contest, writing a 300-word (or less) essay on “My Grandparents” or “My Best Older Friend.” They were judged by several volunteers from theDeForestAreaCommunity & SeniorCenteron the strong attachment between old and young, originality and cohesion, sixth-grade level work, and grammar and spelling.
The May 4 awards ceremony and reception was hosted by the DeForest Area Community & Senior Center and LINK-ages, a community/school service organization which promotes and recognizes intergenerational activities in the area. Students in Jessica Tobiaz’s middle school Family & Consumer Science classes made cookies for everyone!