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Follett and Reading is Fundamental Host Annual Poster and Essay Contest Ceremony

Ceremony will feature former Chicago Bear Charles Tillman and recognize Chicago Public School students

WESTCHESTER, IL, Apr 29, 2016 – Follett Corporation is again partnering with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) Chicago to promote literacy and a love of learning among Chicago Public School (CPS) students with the annual Follett Essay and Poster Contest Awards Ceremony. Approximately 200 CPS students will gather at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center on Friday, April 29, to recognize the 14 Essay and Poster Contest winners as well as enjoy presentations from former Chicago Bears’ Cornerback Charles “Peanut” Tillman, Author Sean Jensen and National Storyteller Oba William King.

King will kick off the ceremony followed by Jensen who will discuss The Middle School Rules of Charles Tillman: “Peanut” and introduce Tillman, the event’s keynote speaker. Following remarks from RIF and Follett, each student winner will be recognized on stage and later receive a financial award as well as a small library of books for their exceptional work. For this year’s contest, CPS students were challenged to convince and persuade through creative essays and poster designs. See below for a list of the 2016 Follett Essay and Poster Contest winners.

Essay Winners

  • First place: Samantha Soung (Robert Healy Elementary School), Stella Macchione (Robert Healy Elementary School), Reina Savitzky (Hanson Park Elementary School) and Antoine Watson (David G. Farragut Career Academy High School)

  • Second place: Lucy Jones (Robert Healy Elementary School), Kaniya Johnson (George Manierre Elementary School) and Aija Espinoza (Robert Healy Elementary School)

  • Third place: Shanya Woods (George Manierre Elementary School) and Shawntes Shanklin (George Manierre Elementary School)

Poster Winners

  • First place: Winnie Chui (Robert Healy Elementary School) and Miah Truitt (Wells Community Academy High School)

  • Second place: Sharon Huang (Robert Healy Elementary School) and Josue Silva (David G Farragut Career Academy High School)

  • Third place: Kyle Yuen (Robert Healy Elementary School)

“This contest helps us engage Chicago Public School students in one of Follett’s core passions – helping students learn,” said Todd Litzsinger, Follett’s Chairman. “We’re proud and excited to have so many students join us in this celebration of literacy, learning and local talent.”

See this year’s winning submissions on Follett Corporation’s Facebook page at and on Twitter at @follettnews. For more information on Follett Corporation and RIF Chicago, visit and   

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About Follett Corporation |

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education's largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,700 virtual stores across the continent. Headquartered in Westchester, Illinois, Follett is a $2.6 billion privately held company.

About Reading Is Fundamental® (RIF) |

Reading Is Fundamental delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation’s largest children’s literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 412 million books in the hands of more than 40 million children since it was established in 1966. To learn more and help provide books to kids who need them most, visit