Three talented young writers earned Colorado Council of the International Reading Association (CCIRA) awards earlier this month in Denver.
Graham Mesa Elementary fourth-grader Karisa Coombs, Riverside Middle School fifth-grader Eric Krauth and Kathryn Senor Elementary fourth-grader Phoebe Young all earned awards for their creative stories.
Coombs' story about "The Wierdest, Most Disastrous Day Ever" placed third in the third- and fourth-grade division while Krauth's story about "The Great Escape," placed second in the fifth- and sixth-grade division. Young's story "Goodbye Texas," placed first in the third- and fourth-grade division.
The Young Writers Awards are given to students in Colorado in first through 12th grades who show exemplary skills as an author through short stories with rich content, ideas, organization and word choice. First-, second- and third-place winners are selected in five different grade level categories. Students from around the state submitted 67 original short stories as part of the competition.
The CCIRA is a professional organization of educators and community members dedicated to the promotion and advancement of literacy. Members of CCIRA encourage lifelong habits in literacy and an appreciation of the value of reading and writing. One purpose of CCIRA is to recognize and honor achievements in literacy.