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Follett and Reading is Fundamental Host Annual Essay Contest Ceremonies

Ceremonies recognize Chicago Public School essay winners at Robert Healy Elementary School and Medgar Evers Elementary School

WESTCHESTER, IL, May 31, 2017 – Follett Corporation again partnered with Reading is Fundamental (RIF) to promote reading, literacy and student success through the sponsorship of the annual Follett Essay Contest. Students from two Chicago Public Schools (CPS) were invited to craft essays that highlight their creative talents and persuasive writing. This year’s themes were ‘My Perfect Day’ for 3rd through 6th graders and ‘My Perfect World’ for 7th and 8th graders.

Unlike past year’s award ceremonies that were held in a central location, this year’s awards presentations were hosted at the participating schools. Approximately 1,700 students attended the recognition award assemblies that took place at Robert Healy Elementary School (April 28) and Medgar Evers Elementary School (May 5).

Following remarks from RIF, the school Principal and Follett, students enjoyed entertainment and storytelling by Oba William King. Each assembly culminated with recognition for the essay winners who each received a certificate, trophy and financial award to commemorate their accomplishment. Essays winners were judged on creativity, description of event and persuasive writing. Following each assembly, all students in attendance received a free book of their choice sponsored by Follett.

“We are proud to sponsor this event with Reading is Fundamental to support young writers and encourage and recognize their talents,” said Todd Litzsinger, Follett’s Chairman. “Our partnership supports learning and provides student access to books that will promote a lifetime love of reading.”

Congratulations to the Essay Winners!

Robert Healy Elementary School

  • First Place:  Laura Wong,  Langston Black and Edwin Ing
  • Second Place: Christine Wang, Isabella Sobrevilla and Frances Karagianes
  • Third Place:  Lucy Lin, Jon Win and Stephanie Gonzalez

Medgar Evers Elementary School

  • First Place:  Jumir Batie and Tanayah McDonald
  • Second Place:  Malik Gist and DeJean Mixon
  • Third Place:  Eliyah Martinez and Amariyon Lee

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