Mentor essay could mean free basketball tickets for area youngsters

Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield and Fairfield University Athletics partner to celebrate mentors

Fairfield University Athletics and the Connecticut Writing Project-Fairfield are asking kids to give a written shout out to the adults in their lives who help them focus and build integrity and responsibility – and they could score tickets to a game to boot. Children in grades K through 8 may nominate the teacher, coach and/or mentor who has inspired them, boosting their self-awareness and self-esteem in the classroom, on the field and beyond. Winning submissions will be awarded four tickets for the student and four for the mentor to a Fairfield University athletic event, where both individuals will receive recognition during a break in the action.

“Writing objectives outlined in the Common Core State Standards requires young people to make arguments with supportive claims that have clear reasons and relevant evidence,” said Bryan Ripley Crandall, Ph.D., assistant professor and director of the Connecticut Writing Project at Fairfield University. “Our collaborative prompt offers a real-world opportunity for Connecticut youth to write. Teachers can use the opportunity to support young writers as they compose for an authentic audience. It allows students to nominate a person and develop the case for why an individual deserves recognition.”

Fairfield University Athletics Director Gene Doris welcomed the opportunity to support mentorship. “As any of our scholar-athletes can tell you, strong mentors can have such a positive impact on a young person’s life. We welcome the chance to celebrate those who truly make a difference.” 

The contest will run throughout the academic year. Applications are available at

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Posted on December 5, 2014

Vol. 47, No. 95

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