Rose Engler, an eighth-grade student at the Oak Bluffs School and Annie Adams, a fifth-grade student at the Martha’s Vineyard Charter School, were honored for their written work at the State House on Tuesday, May 27.
Both submitted entries to Letters About Literature, a national reading and writing program that asks young people in grades 4 through 12 to write to an author (living or dead) about how his or her book has made a profound impact on them, has changed their view of themselves or of the world around them. Rose wrote a letter to Sharon Draper, the author of “Out of my Mind” and Annie wrote a letter to Anne Frank, the author of “The Diary of a Young Girl.”
Rose, Annie and fellow honorees (all of whom were in the top one percent of Massassachusetts letter writers) were celebrated at an awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House with their families and Oak Bluffs teacher Donna Hopson.
“I was so impressed with these young ladies from Edgartown and Oak Bluffs…I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge Donna Hopson, who seems to always have students from her class honored at this event,” said Rep. Tim Madden.
For more information, contact the Massachusetts Center for the Book, on the web at www.massbook.org.