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Sammy and Grammy
in Downtown Savannah
by 
Maxine Pinson

Hesse K-8 Winners of S&G Writing and Art Contests Below


Wearing a "Sammy & Grammy" turtleneck, Grammy's grandson distributed the prizes to the winners of  "The Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah Writing and Art Contests" at Hesse K-8 on Valentine's Day. The winners of the 2 contests each received a copy of the book, autographed to him/her, a plush toy squirrel, and a personalized S&G bookmark with ribbon streamers in S&G colors. The 1st and 2nd runnerd-up, of each contest, each received a copy of the book, auto-graphed to him/her, and a personalized S&G bookmark with ribbon streamers in S&G colors.

There were 6 students receiving "Honorable Mention" in the Writing Contest, and they each received a personalized "S&G" bookmark, with ribbon streamers in S&G colors, and a copy of their winning entry. There were 5 students receiving "Honorable Mention" in the Art Contest, and they each received a personalized "S&G" bookmark, with ribbon streamers in S&G colors, and a mounted copy of their winning entry (as did the winner and the 2 runners-up of the Art Contest).

Each prize bag was decorated with a gold foil seal embossed with "Excellence." The entire presentation was recorded by the media specialist at Hesse and shown in each of the seven third grade classrooms the next morning.

Many thanks to the eight outstanding judges who took time to participate in this contest!


After having the story of Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah read to them, by "Grammy," each third grader at Hesse K-8 was asked to write what was a  "life lesson" he/she had learned from the story--and why that “life lesson” is important or could be helpful in his/her life.


​Read below the winning answers to the
Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah WRITING CONTEST!
 
   

Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah
WRITING CONTEST

The Winner!

1st Runner-Up

2nd Runner-Up

 “I learned that you should always forgive people for making mistakes. I also learned to apologize and have good manners. People making mistakes and apologizing is okay. I make mistakes, and my friends always let me apologize. I always let my friends apologize, too, because they really did not mean to do it.”   

 “A life lesson I learned from the book is to respect others. Sammy started respecting Grammy when he almost got eaten. I think this life lesson is important because respecting others means you will be respected, too. Being respectful is important to me, and it should be important to everybody. This is why I think it is important.”   

Honorable Mention

 “A life lesson I learned is to not jump to conclusions. This life lesson helps me not to blame people who didn’t do something.”

 “A life lesson learned from the story is that you should not mess with other people’s stuff. This life lesson learned will help me in my life because it taught me that you should not mess with other people’s stuff, because if you mess it up you could be in big trouble.”

 “A lesson I learned that you can’t just go into a person’s home and take their cereal and to be respectful to each other. I think it is very important to be nice, because if you are nice to people, they will be nice back—unlike Sammy.”
  
“I learned whenever you do something bad, you need to always be truthful. If you’re truthful, people will always believe you. It could be helpful to make you remember to say “sorry,” even if you are a squirrel.”
    
“I am sometimes greedy when it comes to food. I like to encourage people as well as spending time with people. I have to admit this, I have a lot of fear sometimes. But, I just have to shake it off. I think this life lesson learned is important because some of the things Sammy did we should not do, like being mean.”
   
   

   
The Winning Answer
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“A life lesson learned from the story Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah is to be respectful and follow the golden rule. This life lesson is important because if you want people to be caring and respectful to you, then you will have to be respectful and caring to other people."
 
   
After having the story of Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah read to them, by "Grammy," each third grader at Hesse K-8 was asked to draw a picture of Sammy Squirrel doing something naughty, funny, or something else.
   

​Scroll down to see the winning drawings submitted to the
Sammy and Grammy in Downtown Savannah ART CONTEST!



 
   

The Winner!

1st Runner-Up

2nd Runner-Up

      Honorable Mention