TAKE ON TOPICS
By TRACI BARNES
The 2012 contest had 322 entries. The categories were poetry and short stories. I have watched this group of ladies for years, they provide a great service supporting the youth in our area. This is also the same organization that puts on the Poteau Senior Tea.
I still remember our senior tea was at Sandra Davis’s house in 1983. The organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year is the Parade of Homes. The ladies won the Christmas Tree Contest hosted by the LeFlore County Historical Society at the Old Lowery Hotel in December.
The Poteau Women’s League is a local philanthropic group that raises all their own money and supports as many organizations in the area as possible. I know they support the library, humane society, as well as many others including a CASC scholarship. Actually the list is quite lengthy.
This year’s President is Nina Ritchie.
The Creative Writing Contest is open to 3rd to 5th graders at the Poteau Schools. There were 18 certificates awarded. These kids have some great imaginations. The short story categories ranged from “The Dirty Socks”, “Who’s Your Mummy”, “Stop, Drop, and Roll” in the third grade.
The fourth grade short stories were “Field Trip”, “Time in Magic Land”, and “They Mystery Lamp”. The fifth grade winners were “Milo and Joey’s Big Adventure”, “The Other Side of the Door”, & “Blessed”. Some of the titles of the poetry were “Little Leaf”, “Water When You Cry”, “Winter”, “The Magic Feather Pen”, “Wouldn’t You Love to be a Tree”, “See”, & “Summer”.
I am going to share a couple of the short poems from their entries. I love the wisdom in these young writers, like an old soul in a young body. It was hard to pick the ones to share, they were all great! I would like to congratulate all the winners and participants. We have some very talented students in our area that will go on to represent us well in the future.
Candra Nixon: 1st place 3rd grade poem-Mrs. McMillen’s Class
I am me and you are you!
I am crazy you are calm.
I like pizza you like peas.
I ride a bike you ride a bus.
I like basketball you like baseball.
I like popsicles you like peaches.
I like silly hair you like straight hair.
I like monkeys you like cats.
I am me and you are you.
And we are different as any two!
Tyler Crabtree: 3rd place 4th grade poem – Mrs. Crandell’s Class
All so lonely for so long,
Playing, jumping, and running.
Then I thought they were wrong.
Telling me a sister was coming.
You was all so tiny,
Brown eyes and skinny body.
You came home being so winey.
Then you got bigger and rowdy.
I will remember all the joys,
From the beginning to now.
Just stay away from boys,
And I say that with a frown.
Now I’m no longer alone,
For I have a sister.
Whom likes ice cream in a cone,
And loves to whisper.
She is amazing in many ways,
With small hands and long toes.
We will play for many days,
As she’s my sister wearing bows.
The poem “Differences” reminded me of the awareness of bullying and accepting each other for the ways we are different. Then lastly when I heard the poem entitled “Sister” I could envision my little nephew that is 3 ½ years old saying these types of things to his little sister in the future.
I look forward to The Creative Writing Contest every year. Hearing the winners recite their entries will bring a smile to your face every time!
Until next week…