For a number of years Newton Rotary has sponsored the annual creative writing competition organised by St Helen's Libraries for pupils of primary and secondary schools in St Helens. Over the years the competition has evolved with differing themes and the 2020 competition was a Twist on a Fairy tale where pupils could use their creative writing skills to pen a short story on their favorite fairy tale character. Additionally a further category for students aged 17 -25 was added.
With the onset of COVID and the disruption to schools the deadline for entries was extended to May and the subsequent judging had to be carried out via Teams. Further restrictions to both schools and libraries meant that the presentations to winners could not take place on a timely basis but now that restrictions are easing and libraries reopening the presentations have finally been made.
On FRIDAY 15 APRIL at a socially distanced event held at the World of Glass, St Helens, competition winners were presented with their certificates and vouchers by President Geoff Shaw and Libraries Manager Kathryn Boothroyd. To maintain strict COVID protocols each winner had a 15 minute time slot and the event took place in the newly opened library.
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