Fatherhood initiative honors essay winners

| March 17, 2020

The Coshocton County Fatherhood Initiative awarded the winners of its annual essay contest during a special presentation on March 12 at Ridgewood Middle School and Ridgewood Elementary School. Instead of covering all school districts, the group decided to focus on one a year. Each winner in the contest received a Kindle Fire and Papa John’s coupon. The three grand prize winners, seventh grader Kiley Hahn, fourth grader Jacob Blackwell, and seventh grader Bralee Matthews, also received $500 to use to impact their class in an educational way. Students in third through seventh grade were challenged to write essays about “What is the father’s role in the family?” and kindergarten through second graders could draw pictures to go with the theme. “We do this because it’s another way we can find out how the fatherhood programs are working in the community,” said William Johnson, from the fatherhood initiative. “Kids write what they see.” Ed Gallagher, who also is with the fatherhood initiative committee, added that the essay contest is another way the schools can practice their English Language Arts skills. “You can see how they’ve progressed, and those skills have improved significantly,” he said. Pictured with their prizes are Blackwell and Hahn and behind them is Johnson.



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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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