Brighter Future

“Fairfield County: Past, Present and Future” was the theme school students used to compose essays for the Fairfield County Arts Council’s annual contest. On the afternoon of Oct. 19 at the Fairfield County Library, the Friends of the Library and the Arts Council presented awards to the 18 essayist selected from the over 400 entries.

Third-, second- and first-place students in six categories, first and second grade, third and fourth grade, etc., read their winning essays and received certificates and gift cards. Their teachers received carnations.

Imagine a first grader reading his or her essay to an audience that filled the library’s open area – probably some 75 people – and then having a photo taken with the presenter and teacher.

In my short time back in my native county – I retired to “home” in 2008 – I have constantly heard disparaging words about our county, its leaders and its future. A lot of that negativism was dispelled for me today as I listened to young people read what they had written about our county and its past, present and future. More than one piece brought tears to my eyes. And any writer who can move the listener (or reader) to that level is, in my judgment, a talented and powerful writer. I realize these were the more academically accomplished students, but they are also most probably leaders in their peer groups; if so this certainly bodes well for our future.

Kudos to the students, parents and teachers for this impressive showing of writing talent among our promising youth. And thanks to the two organizations that led this recognition and to the community sponsors who donated towards the awards.

These young people expressed much-needed pride in our heritage and optimism for our future. Thank you!

Paul Dove

Winnsboro

President, Friends of the Fairfield County Library

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