Imaginative Lisbon 3rd-grader wins writing competition

April 17, 1997|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

Eight-year-old Brad Long won $20 for losing his homework.

Or at least imagining that he did. Such an incident was the centerpiece of a story the third-grader at Lisbon Elementary School wrote that won first place last week in a statewide writing competition.

Brad said he was inspired to write the story after going camping with his family.

In his story, "I Didn't Want to, but I Did," a little boy thinks he has lost his homework to a bear, a fish, a squirrel and an eagle before finally finding it in his pants pocket, torn and shredded from the washing machine after his mother washed his jeans.

The contest, called "Reflections," was sponsored by the national Parent Teacher Student Association. In January, Brad won second place in the county competition.

Brad says he plans to save his money to buy a dragon Beanie Baby.

He said: "I'll probably save the money for awhile. I'm not much of a spender, but I do like those Beanie Babies."

Pub Date: 4/17/97

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