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Canby fifth-grader delivers letter with the 'write' stuff

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Carus Elementary School's Allison Bassett, a fifth-grader, recently was honored through the Letters About Literature program for her letter to author Jennifer Holm.Carus Elementary School fifth-grader Allison Bassett was honored for her writing in the Letters About Literature contest, a state and national level program that encourages writing skills linked to literature.

Students enter the contest by writing a letter to an author, dead or alive, about the impact that the author's book, poem or essay, has made upon them. Allison had read “Penny From Heaven” by Jennifer Holm, a Newberry honor book.

Although the story takes place in 1953, Allison found a personal connection to the main character.

This contest is open to students grades four through 12 from the fall to winter.


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