Three Alberton Elementary students recently earned some pocket money for their winning essays.
The Cascumpec Bay Watershed Association usually tries to take students outside for a nature-based project, but this year, the COVID-19 pandemic made it a little too tricky.
The essay contest for Grades 4 to 6 asked kids to write about: “Why I am SO happy to be back at school!”
The essay contest winners are Grade 4 student Grace Gallant, Grade 5 student Connor Hudson and Grade 6 student Lex Buan.
“We usually do more environmental issues, but this year, because of everything that happened, things were a little different all the way around, so we chose a topic that we figured might be a little dearer to their hearts,” said executive director John Lane.
The group pitched the contest to three schools in the area and the Alberton Elementary staff and students were keen to take part.
Each winner took home a $5 gift certificate for Elmsdale Corner Gas & Convenience Store.
“We try to get involved in all levels of education in the area,” said Lane.
“We’ll probably go back to planting something next year, COVID permitting,” he said. He’s hoping his other programs with junior high and high school students will be able to continue in the spring.