Kiwanis Club of Medina Sponsors Literacy Project

4 students win honors in Kiwanis Club of Medina literacy contest

Four sixth-graders from Medina’s A.I. Root Middle School were the winners of the inaugural Kiwanis Club of Medina literacy contest benefitting local charities. The winners are, front row from left, Ella DiCola, Hailey Weil, Colin Barberic and Corrine Milburn. Pictured back row from left are A.I. Root Principal Bryan Farson, Shannon Cole Collins from the Children’s Center of Medina County, Dave Clardy from Spokes Cafe and Tim Van Arsdale from Cups Cafe. (Photo courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Medina)

By Ann Norman, special to
on March 06, 2017 at 3:33 PM

MEDINA, Ohio – Four A.I. Root Middle School sixth-graders are the winners of the Kiwanis Club of Medina‘s inaugural literacy contest benefitting local charities.

Root students were invited to research a charity of their choice and write a two-page essay about the work it does and how it has impacted the students personally.

A total of 269 students submitted essays representing 57 charities. These essays were reviewed by Kiwanis Club members Barbara Woodard, Robert Fenn and Terry Shuman.

Four members of the Medina High School¬†Key Club – a service program sponsored by the Kiwanis — selected the winners from a group of 18 semi-finalists.

The winners are Colin Barberic, who wrote about Spokes Cafe; Ella DiCola, who researched the Medina County SPCA; Corrine Milburn, who supported Cups Cafe; and Hailey Weil, who chose the Children’s Center of Medina County.

Each of the students presented a $50 check from the Kiwanis Club to their chosen charity at a recognition luncheon at Williams on the Lake.

The Rev. Cornell Carter, Kiwanis Club president, said the idea for the contest was proposed by former president Barbara K. Smith, who was killed in a car crash in December.

“Our club is deeply committed to keeping both the memory and legacy of Barb Smith alive,” Carter said.

“She was a very special person, a dedicated Kiwanian and a tremendous community leader. The literacy contest is a very fitting tribute to her,” he said.