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Devereux Glenholme Students Write Their "Laws of Life"

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Celebrating Their Prose Accomplishment are the Glenholme Schools' top Laws of Life essay authors (l-r) Matt S., Patrick B., Colin F., Sarah P., Rachel J. and Tom H.
Washington, CT - Students at Devereux Glenholme wrote from their hearts as they took part in the Laws of Life essay program during January and February 2009, which encourages students to reflect and write about the values they believe will help them live successful and productive lives.

The essays are part of the students’ involvement in the school’s community service program and the contest is governed by Glenholme’s community service program coordinator, Kathleen Grove. The essays were evaluated by a panel of judges that included Allison Michaud, Leigh Cushing, Kristen Troester and Karly Tiso.

All the essay writers were recognized at a formal dinner held at the school. Matt S., Rachel J., Patrick B., Tom H., Colin F. and Sarah P. were the authors of the top essays and celebrated their accomplishment with a special trip to dine at their favorite restaurant.

“I am truly glad that our students have this program to participate in each year. It is great to see how much they learn and realize about themselves, as well as those influencing them when they sit down to write. My favorite moment is when a student has finished the final draft and smiles as he/she reads their own work and takes in their accomplishment with a satisfied smile,” said Kathleen Grove.

“It is great to hear the students say such positive things about the different role models in their lives. I have really enjoyed being a part of this program and reading about how the students have grown, matured and changed into kind and caring students," said Leigh Cushing.

Among the topics students wrote about were past mentors, previous teachers, parents and people met simply in passing. Matt S.’s essay entitled “A Friend” has been submitted to the School for Ethical Education (SEE) to be entered into a statewide contest administered by SEE. Students whose essays were selected as the top essays in the statewide competition will be honored at an awards ceremony this spring.

The Laws of Life Essay Contest was created by Sir John Templeton in 1987 and has spread throughout the United States to more than 30 countries around the world. The John Templeton Foundation, the New Alliance Foundation and Wright Investors’ Service SEE’s program.

For more information about the Laws of Life essay writing program visit www.ethicsed.org or call (203) 783-4436. SEE is a non-profit, non-sectarian organization that encourages learning experiences that foster positive character.

Devereux Glenholme is an exceptional boarding school for students with special needs, which offers an individually prescribed learning environment with a steadfast academic curriculum. Using our effective individualized services, we apply a positive behavior support model focused on development of social skills and lifelong strategies for success. The school’s milieu therapy addresses varying levels of academic, social and special needs development in boys and girls ages 10 -18 and postgraduates. We prepare graduates for continued education in traditional day schools, boarding schools, colleges and universities. For more information about The Glenholme School and its program, visit http://www.theglenholmeschool.org/.


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