The back story is - A local bookstore in a neighboring town does an annual scary story contest where kids from grades 1-6 can submit a story. Finley's teacher emailed the other day and said that several kids had written great stories and she wanted to send them in to the contest. It wasn't limited to our school district - it could be any one.
There were 150 entries, and they chose 9 stories from those. 3 from grades 1-2, 3 from grades 3-4, and 3 from grades 5-6. Finley one FIRST PLACE in the 1-2 grade stories! We were really excited and so was she. She LOVES to write. Her teacher tells us that many times she uses Finley's stories as examples for the class, or puts them on their "wall of fame".
The teacher enlarged the story for her so Finley could see it, and that seemed to work very well. Finley was really nervous, but had an agreement with her teacher that if she got too nervous, Mrs. H would come up and help her. So that helped a lot.
I missed the beginning of her story on video because as soon as I got her on the stool at the podium, she started to read.
Just so you know - she is wearing her Halloween costume. All the kids were told they could wear them if they wanted.
For winning the contest, she got a certificate, a bag of goodies (which she couldn't wait to get into), and a $20 gift card to use at the bookstore (which she used before we even left). Then Mat and I got her a My Little Pony doll she had been craving, and her teacher got her a notebook and a Skeleton pen. She had a good day.
We took a few pictures - enjoy!
Finley starting her reading: