Allison Skirvin wins 2020 Darrell Wiatt Family Philanthropy Essay Contest

Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Recognizing her as the winner of the 2020 Darrell Wiatt Family Philanthropy Essay Contest, Community Development Director Dean Gambill presents an award to Allison Skirvin (center). Present for the occasion are (from left) English teacher Holly Richardson, Grace Timm, Principal Scott Miller and Kate Skirvin.
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The Putnam County Community Foundation recently announced North Putnam student Allison Skirvin as the winner of the 2020 Darrell Wiatt Family Philanthropy Essay Contest.

The essay contest is specifically for seventh-grade students enrolled in the four county middle schools. Each school submitted two essays to the Foundation for judging.

Participants were instructed to write a 500-word essay about the philanthropist they admire the most. The essays were reviewed by four judges at the county level and scored on criteria such as spelling, grammar, organization, the content of essay and understanding of philanthropy.

Skirvinís essay recognized North Putnam senior Grace Timm for her work with the Shoes for Change project. In 2019, Timm collected shoes throughout Putnam County to donate to children in Africa.

In recognition of Skirvinís accomplishment, the Humane Society of Putnam County will receive a $150 grant as the charity of her choice. Additionally, North Putnam Middle School will receive a $500 grant.

Skirvin is a student in Holly Richardsonís English class at North Putnam Middle School.

The other finalists in the contest were Evan Barnett and Asyria Ford of Cloverdale Middle School, Anna Cox and Lenora Hale of Greencastle Middle School, Jadyn Gilson and Elizabeth Dobson of South Putnam Middle School and Keaton OíMullane of North Putnam Middle School.

The Darrell Wiatt Family Philanthropy Essay Contest was established in 2006 by Wiatt, a former educator at North Putnam Community Schools. Through the program, the Foundation hopes to recognize everyday philanthropists in Putnam County.

For additional information, visit††or contact the Foundation at 653-4978.

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  • AWESOME! :)

    -- Posted by tjarboe49 on Sat, Nov 28, 2020, at 10:54 PM
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