Favorite Story Contest
In celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Belmont’s Family Literacy Day, Belmont University and Dollar General sponsored a poetry contest for Metro Nashville Public Schools first through fourth graders.
Children were asked to write a 16 to 20 line poem about their favorite story. Of all the poems submitted, the Top 5 were chosen by the Belmont English Club, and the children met with area professional songwriters to set their poems to music.
Voting for the contest has ended, but you can still listen below to the finalists.
Special thanks to Sherrié Austin, Kalisa Ewing, Brian Maher, Bill McDermott, and Will Rambeaux for helping the children set their words to music and for recording the songs.
The winners were announced on Monday, April 19. The top three received:
Grand Prize: $250 for the student and $250 for the student's classroom
Second Prize: $150 for the student and $150 for the student's classroom
Third Prize: $100 for the student and $100 for the student's classroom
Click for a gallery of images from the songwriting sessions!