Beverly Townsend, pictured at left, presents fourth-grader Ben Kleve a book for competing in the Jolly Dozen essay and artwork contest. —Johnson Publications

Jolly Dozen Club gives books to 4th-graders

Jolly Dozen Club members Beverly Townsend and Peggy Davis presented books to every fourth-grade student in Holyoke and Haxtun elementary schools Wednesday, March 8.

Phillips County Jolly Dozen FCE sponsored the annual essay and artwork contest for area fourth-graders. The theme this year was “caring,” one of the six pillars of character.

The purpose of the contest is to promote ethics among children and encourage students to improve their writing and drawing skills.

Winners of the Phillips County contest were Carson Hein, first place, Randy Morrison, second place and Bobbi Starkebaum, third place, all of Haxtun. County winners advance to the state competition, for the chance to compete nationally.

Each year the Jolly Dozen Club is able to give books to all the fourth-grade students with funding from the Heginbotham Trust.

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