Historical society to host writing contest for students

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Since many families are confined to their homes due to the coronavirus, the Southwest Franklin County Historical Society is reaching out to the youth in the community to write about their experiences.

All entries will be included in a random drawing and three entries will be drawn to receive $50 each.

“We’re looking for written experiences about how everyday life has changed,” said Steve Jackson, president of the historical society. “Children and youth are encouraged to sit down at their computer or with pen-in-hand and describe this new way of life.”

“It’s important to record for future generations what it is like to face a potential health threat, the inability to experience actual face time with friends, loss of sporting activities and challenges of learning online,” said Jim Hale, a member of the society. “Those are just a few topics. Be creative.

The society encourages seniors to submit their experiences.

“We would like to know what high school seniors are thinking about graduation, the senior prom and other missed high school activities,” said Hale.

Parents are encouraged to help the younger crowd put their thoughts and concerns in writing. This is a historic time; one that will be remembered for years to come and we need to record how the young people of 2020 will be remembered, Hale said.

“Younger children can participate with their parent’s help,” Jackson said. “There are no age restrictions and we will be accepting comments from the youngest child to college age students who live in the South-Western City Schools District or Southwest Franklin County.”

All of the information will be compiled into a single historic record as part of the Young Historians of Southwest Franklin County project. All information submitted will become the property of the society and will be available for public viewing.

Everyone who submits a story will be entered into a drawing where three $50 prizes will be awarded. The drawing will be held May 31. All entries should include the name of the student, email and mailing address.

The preferred method of receiving information is by email, addressed to grovecityhistory@gmail.com. Stories can be mailed to Young Historians, 3378-B Park St., Grove City, Ohio 43123.

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