School Community in Iowa Inspired by the Golden Baobab Prizes

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The Grinnell-Newburg school district in Iowa has recently organized a contest to mirror the prestigious Golden Baobab Prizes, and to recognize the opportunities it creates for writers and illustrators of children’s literature across Africa. This rising author and rising illustrator competition targeted children from 3rd to 8th grade, and received an overwhelming response from students in the community. There were multiple writing and illustration workshops organized before the competition deadline, to give tips and encourage interested contestants. The competition was set up as part of the celebrations of the 2015 Grinnell Prize for Social Justice Innovators which Golden Baobab recently won

Judges Deborah Ahenkorah, Golden Baobab staff member, Eunice Ahenkorah and Maria Vertkin, the second Grinnell Prize winner, also lent her support

 

Judges Deborah Ahenkorah, Golden Baobab staff member, Eunice Ahenkorah and Maria Vertkin, the second Grinnell Prize winner, also lent her support

(Pictures above: The judges of the contest hard at work deliberating over the entries) 

In a speech at the award ceremony, Deborah commented, “I am so thankful to the organizers from the school district, the community and Grinnell College for this wonderful initiative. Judging the student entries was such a delight! It was incredible to see the time, effort and thought behind each story and artwork. I am happy to know that Golden Baobab has left an indelible mark on Grinnell.”

There were 6 writing and illustration categories. 12 winners and honorable mentions were awarded books and gift cards during the award ceremony at the Grinnell Middle School. The contest submissions will be compiled and published as a book and offered to the winners as well. This was a great initiative to engage the children from the Grinnell-Newburg community.

The winners and honorable mentions from the contest receive their prizes.

 

The 8th grade winning entrants showing off their submissions to the crowd.

(Pictures above: The winners and honorable mentions from the contest receive their prizes)

 

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