Writing skills recognized by OECTA

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Students at Our Lady of LaSalette were recently recognized for their writing skills by the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association.

“We enjoy putting on a contest each year to encourage children to get involved in writing,” said Len McDonald, unit president of the Brant, Haldimand, Norfolk OECTA. “It is a real bonus that a few of the students met some success.”

A number of students at the school entered into OECTA's Young Authors competition and four students won at the local level for Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk. Taylor Opersko, Grade 4, and Zachary Mels, Grade 6, were recognized locally for their poems about horses and a cross in a battle field while Carter Dwornikiewicz, Grade 2, and Abby Springham, Grade 4, won at both the local and provincial levels.

Dwornikiewicz wrote a short poem about his annoying sister.

“Annoying sisters are like a fly/ they buzz until you are ready to cry/ Sisters stomp, snarl and shout/ until you want to rip your hair out. They can be sassy, mean and rude/ full of themselves with attitude/ but sometimes sisters can be fun/ and the best friends to play and run. Without sisters the world would be small/ less sunny and not fun at all,” he wrote.

Dwornikiewicz said he was “happy” he won and thought his poem was picked because, “I had a lot of good rhymes in it and I didn't really hurt my sisters feelings because of the ending,” he said.

Springham won for her non-fiction piece about the London Children's Hospital.

“I wrote about it because my brother has cancer,” she said. “I wrote about the different programs at the hospital and what they do, so people are aware of what cancer is and what the hospital does.”

Springham tells the reader about a clown named Ollie who makes children laugh, and once trapped her mom in the bathroom. She also talks about some of the programs at the hospital including the Child Life program, Bravery Beads and art therapy.

Springham said she was happy her essay won and also happy because her brother is doing much better now.

Dwornikiewicz and Springham's work was published in a booklet with the other provincial winners.

All four students were presented with certificates of congratulations during an assembly at Our Lady of LaSalette on June 20.


Sarah Doktor

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