Sher­brooke launches writ­ing con­test

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Sher­brooke, Len­noxville Vic­to­ria Vanier, Sher­brooke, Len­noxville

TheCity of Sher­brooke has cre­ated a ‘Bor­ough’writ­ing con­test to en­cour­age its ci­ti­zens to be more ap­pre­cia­tive of some of the city’s im­por­tant land­marks. Con­tes­tants must write a seven to ten page text, fic­tion or cre­ative non-fic­tion, which features the spe­cial land­mark of the bor­ough in which they live. The land­marks that have been cho­sen are: the Beau­voir Sanc­tu­ary in Brompton; Vic­to­ria Park in Fleu­ri­mont; Mont Belle­vue Park in Mont Belle­vue; Do­maine Howard Park in Jacques Cartier; the water tow­ers in Rock For­est; and Queen Street, be­tween Academy and Col­lege streets, in Len­noxville.

A $1000 prize will be given to the au­thor of the best story, writ­ten in ei­ther French or English, in each of the city’s bor­oughs. French texts must be sent to the con­tes­tant’s own Bor­ough of­fice, while all of the English texts, which must be about Queen Street, are to be sent to the Len­noxville Bor­ough of­fice. The con­test dead­line is May 31st, 2013, and the win­ner will be an­nounced in Septem­ber. For more in­for­ma­tion con­sult the web­site at sher­brooke.ca/con­cour­secri­t­ure.

The­li­brar­i­ans at Alexan­der Galt High School, Ju­dith Munger and Dale David­son, fin­ished putting up the school’s ‘Wall of Love’, a mon­tage of the pho­to­graphs of stu­dent arms, each dec­o­rated with the word “love”, on Mon­day. The stu­dents vis­ited the li­brary on Car­ni­val Day, ear­lier in the month, to dec­o­rate their arms, get­ting them pho­tographed by Mr. David­son on the way out, all part of the TWLOHA (to write love on his/her arm) ini­tia­tive which aims to raise aware­ness about teen de­pres­sion, self-in­jury and sui­cide. A li­brary dis­play also fea­tured books and in­for­ma­tion on the of­ten taboo sub­jects.

This year’s wall has about forty more arms than last year, now al­most near­ing the two hun­dred mark.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the TWLOHA aware­ness cam­paign, al­most two hun­dred Galt stu­dents dec­o­rated their arms with the words “love” to cre­ate this huge mu­ral that hangs in the li­brary.

Photo Vic­to­ria Vanier

Li­brar­ian Ju­dith Munger helps a stu­dent dec­o­rate her arm with the word “love”.

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