Youth across the province are invited to participate in a Youth Literary Derby writing contest for children from grades 5 to 8.
The derby is now open to children across Ontario up until June 15. Through the program, the organizers will be arranging for trips to standardbred breeding farms and children are encouraged to write a poem or essay about the experience.
It is scheduled amid foaling season in April and May.
The top three winners in each category (poem and essay) will receive prizes of $250, $150 and $100, respectively. Those same amounts will be donated to the entrant’s school or a local library if the child is home-schooled.
The Youth Literary Derby is sponsored by Tom Rankin, a standardbred breeder and owner from St. Catharines.
Schools are responsible for transporting students to the farms, but program organizers will co-ordinate the visits.
Visits to farms began recently and for students in Peel, there are trips planned to nearby farms.
For more information, visit youthliteraryderby.ca. – CINEWS