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Meadow Elementary students win national writing contest

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After being selected winners in a national writing contest, 13 Meadow Elementary School students will have their work preserved in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. The third-graders in Emily Bacelli’s class entered the Young Writers USA’s “Spooky Sagas” contest.

The challenge called for students to write a short story of just 100 words using suspense. Young Writers USA, a nonprofit that encourages literacy in elementary school-aged children, will compile the works into a book that will be sent to the Library of Congress to provide a lasting record of the students’ achievement. The books will also be delivered to the school.

The Library of Congress, the oldest federal cultural institution, serves the U.S. Congress and is the de facto national library of the country. It holds more than 23 million cataloged books and more than 61 million manuscripts.

Young Writers has been holding the annual contest since 1991, and was started by a family in a small warehouse in Eastern England. It has since become a worldwide brand focused on encouraging young writers to read, write and enjoy poetry as well as creative writing. Having work published boosts confidence, the group states on its website, nurtures creative talent and showcases creativity.