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Frontier BOE honors winners of handwriting contest

Photo by Michele Newbanks Carol Armann presents Cannon Thomas with a check for $500 along with a trophy for being a national winner of the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Annual Contest.

NEW MATAMORAS — State and national winners of a handwriting contest were honored at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Frontier Local Board of Education.

Cannon Thomas, a national winner in kindergarten, was presented with a trophy and a check for $500 for the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting Annual Contest award.

Madison Smith was an Ohio state winner in sixth grade and Dalton Eddy was a state winner in third grade.

Carol Armann said the winners were from the contest from last spring, but due to COVID-19, the winners are just now being announced.

“It makes me so proud to be part of this district,” she said of the winners, noting she is the occupational therapist for Frontier and organizer of the annual contest.

Along with the $500 award Thomas received, the school district also receives a check for $1,000 to be used however they need.

Bill Creighton, principal at Matamoras Elementary and Newport Elementary, said it was amazing to have three winners “in a little district like ours.”

In other board news:

¯ With the donation of a wellness room, yoga has been held every Wednesday.

“It’s a moment of peace we all need,” said Superintendent Beth Brown. “When you walk in (to the wellness room), you feel peacefulness. People are in there every day.”

¯ Bruce Cassady, technology coordinator, said they are still waiting on a shipment of Chromebooks. He noted they should arrive in the next week or two. They also ordered 15 access points through connectivity grants.

¯ Creighton reported he was told the free lunch program through the USDA would be extended through the end of the school year.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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