Apple Valley Reading Council

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Apple Valley Reading Council

  • Annual Writing Contest
  • ‘“Why publish?” is closely connected with “Why write?”’
  • Donald Graves, 1983

Contest Goals

  • Provide service to the educational, literacy, and general community
  • Promote writing in all grades throughout the region we cover

Contest Goals

  • Recognize teachers
  • Celebrate literacy through the annual banquet honoring the winners
  • Publish writing to recognize and motivate young people to write



  • Chairperson and committee
  • Timeline:
    • Announce contest in January
    • Deadline in March
    • Announce winners in late April
    • Hold banquet in May

How many students benefit?

  • Direct winners
    • Up to 24 (2 for each grade level)
  • Number who benefit: countless

Anticipated results

  • Increased emphasis on writing in our region
  • Enhanced good feelings among teachers for their work
  • Increased awareness among parents, administrators, and teachers of the role of AVRC in promoting literacy in our community



  • Annual Banquet
  • Dinner ticket
  • Teacher of the Year
  • For copies of the documents listed below, email:
  • Student Invitation.doc Teacher Invitation.doc Member Invitation.doc
  • AVRC Outstanding Reading Teacher Nomination.doc


  • Student Awards
  • Teacher of the Year
  • Certificate for Winner.doc


  • Golden Apples
  • Lucky leprechaun in a ship, lucky leprechaun starting to skip.
  • Lucky leprechaun in a tree, lucky leprechaun next to me.
  • Lucky leprechaun in the pool,
  • Lucky leprechaun at school.
  • Lucky leprechaun starting to hold a piece of some gold.
  • “I found it,” he shouted. It’s bright and bold.
  • He had to say thanks to me, and he was off with glee!
  • Trevor Stevens
  • 2nd Grade Poetry
  • Teacher: Kristi Diminuco
  • Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School
  • 2009 Golden Apples.doc

Final Thoughts/Questions

  • Other area publishing
  • Initiatives:
  • The Winchester Star
    • Link
  • Northern Virginia Daily
  • For more information about Apple
  • Valley Reading Council—email
  • or check out our
  • website:

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