The Logan Wilkes Foundation recently sponsored the “Tell Me Your Story” essay contest at Kennedy Middle School. Kennedy Middle School students were encouraged to formulate their essays as if they were describing their life story to a complete stranger.
The Logan Wilkes Foundation aims to educate, empower and enrich the lives of youth. The foundation is founded by Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Wilkes and provides programs designed to produce a positive transitional growth for youth as they develop into young adults. Kennedy Middle School is one of the foundation’s partnering schools in Atlanta Public Schools.
The purpose of this exercise was to help students enhance their descriptive essay writing skills and process their lives. Additionally, the essay contest aimed at helping students develop coping skills to better handle specific circumstances that could have a direct impact on the outcome of their academic success.
The overall goal and mission of the exercise was to provide a therapeutic experience for students and to encourage them by letting them know they are not alone. Students attended an assembly where guest speakers shared their life stories and discussed specific topics that were identified in the essays submitted for the contest. The speakers provided students with a formula to assist them as they navigate through the many decisions and obstacles they will face in life—stop, think, and decide.
The essay contest results were announced immediately following the assembly, and in the end, Jasmyn Combs and Kalveion Heard were recognized as the first place winners. Essay contest participants were also honored with a reception, complete with pizza and drinks. During this time, students were able to address additional questions with the guest speakers.