Charter School students pen award winning letters

Charter school students Annie Adams (left) and Francesca Robinson wrote winning essays. — Photo by Paul Karasik

Two Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School students from teacher Amy Reece’s 4/5 grade class received awards for letters they wrote as part of “Letters About Literature,” a national program designed to encourage students to reflect on literature that they love.

Students were asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally.

Annie Elizabeth Adams, who won a Level 1 Honors award, will be invited to a State House awards ceremony. Annie’s letter was written to Anne Frank. In it, she spoke to the Holocaust victim directly about her family visit to the Frank house and how moved she was by the diaries.

“Your writing style and words are so personal,” wrote Annie to Anne Frank, “I felt I know you, and you were sharing your most private secrets with me.”

Francesca Robinson received an honorable mention for her letter thanking Barbara Park for writing “Mick Hart Was Here,” a novel that, Francesca wrote, “…unquestionably changed my life.”