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Maple Avenue student takes second in state writing contest

Maple Avenue Elementary School fifth-grader Lana Morgan took second place statewide in her age division in the 2009 Wisconsin Letters About Literature competition. The competition challenges students in grades four through 12 to write to any author – living or deceased – explaining how his or her published work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves. Students are encouraged to use good writing and grammar skills in their expressive letter.

Morgan wrote to Al Gore about his book, “An Inconvenient Truth,” which deals with the topic of climate change. She is invited to an awards ceremony on April 18 at Grant Elementary School in Wisconsin Rapids during the Wisconsin Literary Bash/Prairie Chicken Festival.

The contest originates at the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and is offered in partnership with Target stores. This is the 14th year that state students have been eligible to participate through the Wisconsin Center for the Book, a volunteer organization and a project of Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. Its mission is to promote books and the book arts, encourage the joy of reading and honor Wisconsin’s literary heritage.

Maple Avenue Elementary School is located at W240 N6059 Maple Ave., Sussex.