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Don't miss out on Scary Stories!

September 20, 2010 - Jennifer Houtman

The annual Marietta Times Scary Stories contest is under way and we don't want your school to miss out. Every year, thousands of students submit their entries and our judges pick the best of the bunch. Students from all over the Mid-Ohio Valley participate, grades first through eighth, and we rely on the teachers in the schools to get the kids organized.

Often, I'll run into a teacher after the fact who says they missed the contest. We don't want anyone who wants to participate to be left out, so teachers, give us a call to schedule a workshop or get the guidelines. And parents, ask your child's teacher if they will participate. All schools are eligible.

This is fun time for the staff at the newspaper because we offer our services to come talk to the kids about writing stories, how to make them interesting and fun. It's a chance for us to get out into the schools to visit with students and teachers, and it's a chance for them to hear a little bit about what it's like to write for a living and work at a newspaper.

We're amazed each year at the talented writers and artists we have in our schools. Students submit a story but they can submit artwork, too. We put it all together and publish the winning stories and pictures in a special section. Look for that section to be published in the Friday, Oct. 29, newspaper.

Now is the time for teachers to be working with their students and anyone who wants to schedule a workshop should give me a call. Stories are due in about a month.

Letters outlining rules and guidelines were sent out to all of the school offices this week, but if anyone has any questions, please don't hesitate to drop me an email or give me a call at 740-376-5401.


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