Ad Winners Announced!

Olivia Riitano, Caroline Goggin, Caitlyn Drinkwater

Guilford–Over 100 third and fourth graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School in Guilford were challenged to create an advertisement for Valley Grange as part of their annual “Newspapers in Education” Program. This is the fourth year the Grange has sponsored the program. Students have an opportunity to become “Honorary Assistant Publicity Directors” according to Walter Boomsma, Program and Publicity Director for Valley Grange. Thanks to WABI-TV5’s support of community and school events, these young scholars not only learned about print advertising, they got to experience a bit of television as well during the assembly conducted by Boomsma to announce the winners.

Boomsma pointed out “everyone who participated is winner” and the grange provides “thank you magnets you can use to hold your school papers on the fridge.” He also told the Channel Five team that the Grange was particularly pleased that nearly every ad included a reading theme and dictionaries, reflecting the students’ appreciation for the Grange’s Bookworm and Words for Thirds Programs. “Our goal with the kids is to create a love of reading and learning. These ads suggest we’re achieving it. In fact, some of the ads included the message, ‘Thank you for inspiring us.’”

Art Teacher Jane Daniels loves the fact that the program “gives the kids a practical use for art skills.”

Connor Chase, Anna Morin, Anna Fagan--this was as close to the girls as Connor would stand.

Third Grade winners announced at the recent school assembly included Connor Chase (3rd), Anna Morin (2nd), and Anna Fagan (1st). Anna’s first place drawing included apples with bookworms announcing “Valley Grange is a great place to read and have fun.” Fourth grade winners included Olivia Riitano (3rd), Caitlyn Drinkwater (2nd), and Caroline Goggin (1st). Caroline explained to WABI TV-5 news reporter Diana Bosch that she loves to read and had based her ad on her family.

All of the winners refused to give an acceptance speech with varying degrees of enthusiasm, but most were fascinated at the idea of seeing themselves on TV.

The ads selected as first place winners will appear in the Newspapers in Education supplement of the Piscataquis Observer on March 28th. In addition, winning ads are used on the grange’s promotional material throughout the year.

Valley Grange Master Jim Annis noted that the Grange is proud of their positive relationship with the kids and school. “We just love being here!” he said. “These kids are our future and they deserve our support.”

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