Port Angeles youths win Literacy Council’s writing contest

Ten-year-old Chloe Dunn of Port Angeles won an Amazon Fire tablet from the Clallam County Literacy Council for winning in her age bracket in the group’s writing contest. Here the group’s chairperson Philomena Lund presents a certificate and tablet to Dunn. Submitted photos

Ten-year-old Chloe Dunn of Port Angeles won an Amazon Fire tablet from the Clallam County Literacy Council for winning in her age bracket in the group’s writing contest. Here the group’s chairperson Philomena Lund presents a certificate and tablet to Dunn. Submitted photos

The Clallam County Literacy Council announced the winners of its writing contest for area youths.

Fourteen-year-old Allison Broadwell and 10-year-old Chloe Dunn, both of Port Angeles, won in their age brackets and received Amazon Fire tablets for their efforts.

Choosing from one of three prompts, Broadwell answered the question, “The best thing I have ever read was …” with, “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one remembers to turn on the light,” from the third Harry Potter book “The Prisoner Azkaban.”

Dunn answered the question, “Because I am learning to read better, I will be able to …” with, “Get a good job, open a new world every time I read, use my imagination, and envision myself as one of the characters in the book.”

The contest was open to children ages 6-18.

“Their entries were chosen because of the thoroughness with which they answered the question, and because their heart and personality came through very clearly,” Literacy Council chair Philomena Lund.

Participants weren’t judged on spelling, handwriting or sentence structure.

Members of the Literacy Council created the contest with multiple goals: to help children dream and look forward during hard times, provide them an active project, remind them that the community supports and cares for their education, bring an awareness to the need for literacy in the county, and more.

Lund said there will be future writing contests planned with the Clallam County Literacy Council through United Way of Clallam County.

If interested in joining the council, call United Way at 360-457-3011. Meetings will be held via Zoom for the foreseeable future.

For more information about United Way Partners and community impact programs, or to donate online, visit www.unitedwayclallam.org.

The Clallam County Literacy Council’s working mission statement is “to help learners defeat literacy challenges and overcome the barriers to becoming more literate, confident and engaged to the best of their ability in their homes, communities, and places of work.”

Fourteen-year-old Allison Broadwell of Port Angeles receives a certificate and an Amazon Fire tablet from Philomena Lund, chairperson for the Clallam County Literacy Council’s writing contest.

Fourteen-year-old Allison Broadwell of Port Angeles receives a certificate and an Amazon Fire tablet from Philomena Lund, chairperson for the Clallam County Literacy Council’s writing contest.

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