Second-graders from local elementary schools had the opportunity to participate in a bookmark contest that was in conjunction with the LEARN (Leaders Encouraging Advancements in Reading Now) program.
More than 200 entries have been received, said Alesia Shaw, United Way’s director of marketing and resource development, and four winners have been selected.
Shaw said second-graders were able to design anything they wanted on their bookmarks, but were asked to include something related to reading or learning.
Sponsored by the United Way of West Central Mississippi, Ergon, and other partners, LEARN is a program that provides four books to every third-grade student in Warren County.
The four winning bookmarks will be reproduced. And next year, when the students become third grade students, they will be given bookmarks along with one of the LEARN books distributed by Centraide.
âThe bookmark designs that were not selected,â Shaw said, will be laminated and shaped into bookmarks that will be given to those who check the books at the Warren-Vicksburg County Public Library.
United Way is part of the Mississippi Campaign for Read to School, which aims to help children and youth reach their full potential.
This year’s bookmark contest winners were Lilyanna Wooten of Redwood Elementary, Oliver Hesselberg of St. Francis Xavier Elementary, Zay’la Davis of Sherman Avenue Elementary and Lauren Davis of Porters Chapel Academy.