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Lander-Grinspoon Students Win Honors

From left to right: Akivha Mazile, Ariana Lev, Nava Chevan, and Maya Laur.

From left to right: Akivha Mazile, Ariana Lev, Nava Chevan, and Maya Laur.

NORTHAMPTON – Lander-Grinspoon Academy (LGA) sixth-grade students recently participated in Letters About Literature, a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4 – 12 sponsored by the Center for the Book, a program of the Library of Congress. Participating students were asked to read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the book affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels.
Four LGA sixth-grade students were recognized this year for their work: Ariana Lev, achieved an Honors Award in Level 1; Akhiva Mazile received an Honorable Mention; and Nava Chevan and Maya Laur were named semi-finalists.
Ariana will travel to the State House in Boston to accept her award along with other students from across the state. During the State House visit, students tour the building and meet with their local politicians. “Letters About Literature is a wonderful program which connects students to literature in ways that are very real,” said Deborah Bromberg Seltzer, LGA’s interim principal. “Our students value the experience of writing to an author whose work they admire. LGA students connect personally with text in their classrooms all year long and Letters About Literature is a public forum for that ongoing work.”

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