Isle of Lewis pupil scoops writing award

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Uig Primary School pupil - Megan Wade – is a prize winner in a letter writing competition run by Royal Mail for schools in Scotland.

The theme for this year’s competition was children’s favourite books – a subject celebrated by Royal Mail through a set of stamps featuring A.A. Milne’s Whinnies-the-Pooh in October 2010.

The competition aims to recognise the best young letter writers and encourage children to be creative through letter writing.

The Scottish judges were so impressed with Megan’s letter based on author David Williams book, Mr Stink that she has been awarded a runner up prize in the age 10-11 group.

Megan was presented with her certificates and prize by Eddie Mackenzie, Islands Manager, Royal Mail, during a school event.

Eddie Mackenzie said: “Megan should feel extremely proud. She is a worthy winner for her imaginative letter.

“Using favourite stories as a starting point really sparked children’s imaginations and helped the words really flow. We encouraged children of all academic abilities to enter so originality, creativity, and imagination were equally important as presentation.

“Entries had to follow the basic letter format, but like Pooh said himself we know sometimes ’spelling is wobbly‘, so we didn’t expect letters to be perfect and of course we took children’s ages into consideration.”

There were three categories in Royal Mail’s annual letter writing competition for ages 7 to 9, 10 to 11, and a Special Achievement award, for children who overcame particular difficulties to enter.

The winners were awarded with a framed certificate, a £50 book token and a set of personalised Smiles® stamps featuring their own favourite photograph. They also received a £100 pack of letter writing goodies to share with their classmates. Runners Up received a framed certificate and a £20 book token.