Avoca West Elementary School: Student won writing contest
Wilmette Life (Wilmette, Illinois), 28 Apr 2011, p. 28, 29

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Avoca West student Ben Kolot of Wilmette won the "Zodiac" writing contest in Storyworks magazine. Photograph Ben Kolot.
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28 Apr 2011
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Avoca West Elementary School
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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Avoca West Elementary School fifth grade student Ben Kolot, of Wilmette, recently won the Storyworks "Zodiac" Contest for a paragraph he wrote about his Chinese zodiac sign, the dragon. Ben's teacher, Gabriel Paynter, said, "As part of our study of China for social studies, we read a play in Storyworks about Chinese zodiacs, and I had my students research their zodiac sign and write a paragraph to enter in this contest." An excerpt from a letter Kolot received from the publisher stated, "You wrote a well-structured paragraph on your zodiac animal and did a great job explaining how your zodiac character relates to you." As a winner of the contest, the publisher awarded Kolot a copy of Grace Lin's book entitled "Where the Mountain Meets the Moon." Storyworks magazine is a Scholastic publication and contains stories and exercises that supplement school's language arts curriculum.

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Avoca West Elementary School: Student won writing contest