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FWISD Announces Letters About Literature Contest Winners

The Fort Worth ISD has selected 15 sixth-graders as grand champions of its Letters About Literature Contest. 

The winning letters will be submitted for consideration to the Library of Congress Letters About Literature National Writing Contest.

This semester, the District partnered with the Dallas Holocaust Museum to present a City-Wide Read and Performance program.

During the second six weeks of school, sixth-graders read the book “The Children of Willesden Lane,” a memoir by Mona Golabek about her mother, Lisa Jura, a Jewish girl from Austria that sought refuge in England during World War II in 1938. Ms. Jura was part of Kindertransport, a rescue mission to save children threatened by Nazi persecution.

Upon reading the book, FWISD sixth-graders were encouraged to write Ms. Golabek personal letters about their own connections to the book and how it changed their view of themselves and or the world. 

FWISD sixth-grade centers and middle schools identified their top three student letters and submitted them to the District-level contest committee who, using a rubric, selected 15 students representing 12 campuses.

Congratulations to FWISD’s Letters About Literature Contest grand champions:

Bella G. Aranda, Benbrook Middle/High

Ava Zermeno, Daggett Middle

Julie Carrasco, J.P. Elder

Martha Greene, Benbrook Middle/High

Piper S. Archer, McLean Sixth Grade

Kennedy Hill, McLean Sixth Grade

Francisco Contreras, Morningside

Lydia Young, Monnig

Tucker Bradford, World Languages Institute

Lennyah Williams, Morningside

Diego Moran, WLI

Imelda Romero, WLI

Kathleen F. Van Geem, Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Nancy Garcia, McClung

Daisy Trejo, Meacham

The grand prize winners are invited to meet Ms. Golabek at an exclusive meet and greet and book signing.

Ms. Golabek a renowned concert pianist, is doing two exclusive piano performances of her book for the District’s sixth-grade students, November 26 and 27.

For more details on the City-Wide Read and Performance program, call the Social Studies Department at 817-814-2470, or the secondary literacy office at 817-814-2520.


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