ASPEN - Aspen Middle School seventh-graders have found a unique way to celebrate Aspen's long history of public education - a 132-word fiction-writing contest for parents and school district staff members.
"On September 19, 1881, Aspen's first school session began for our town's children. Class was held in Judge Root's log cabin on Main Street across from the Catholic Church," the contest entry form states, quoting "History of a Mining Town 1879-1893." "That was 132 years ago."
So to honor "Aspen and its history of high-altitude education," the seventh-grade class, led by the language-arts team, has created a fictional-essay contest. The topic can be anything, but the essay must be exactly 132 words (not including the title). It is open to employees of the Cottage Preschool, Aspen Elementary School, Aspen Middle School, Aspen High School and Aspen Community School and parents of students attending them.
"Should we as district parents and guardians impress the importance of writing to our children? Yes, but what about our writing? In order to identify good writing, we must model good writing, which will make us better role models," the teachers wrote in a letter to district parents and staff. "It's your turn to write."
Submissions are being accepted through Feb. 16, and the essays will be judged by a panel of seventh-graders. Winners will be announced Feb. 23, and the top three prizes are tickets for two to Florida and a three- to five-day stay at a beachfront villa on Fisher Island, an evening at The Little Nell and a one-month membership to the Aspen Club and Spa. Other prizes also will be given.
Essays can be turned in to submission boxes at all the schools. More information is available by calling language-arts teacher Hallie Harrison at 970-925-3760, ext. 2341.