To the editor:
On behalf of Craig Middle School, especially the eighth-grade students, we would like to thank Downtown Books and Beads, and its owner Vicky White, for inspiring and supporting reading, writing, and poetry in our students.
Four years ago, Carolyn Dotson and the late Carol Jacobson began a successful poetry contest to create an authentic learning environment for all aspiring, and sometimes less-than-confident, eighth-grade poets.
The contest brought excitement to what would have been “just another assignment.” (They even provided financial prizes to the winners.)
Despite a change in ownership at Downtown Books and Beads, this much-appreciated tradition has continued. Ms. White has also renamed the competition to “The Carol Jacobson Memorial Poetry Contest.”
We are grateful and delighted with the efforts of all three of these women.
Further, we celebrate a local business that has provided, and continues to provide, a wonderful role model to our students and Craig as a whole.
We encourage the community to continue its support of Downtown Books and Beads with contributions and patronage.
Dawn Bolstad and David Morris
Craig Middle School eighth-grade language arts teachers