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Governor Congrats Lane Artists

April 25, 2012 · No Comments

From our fantastic librarian, Linda Coviello. … . .

“ Three Lane School students won big at a recent Bookmark Contest sponsored by the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA). This year’s theme was “I’m WILD about my School Library!”, and Lane School students took the assignment seriously and set to work designing their bookmarks. Six finalists were carefully chosen to represent Lane School.

The local winners of the state-wide contest are pictured above; in the front row (left to right) are: Division II Honorable Mention winner Shana Wolckenhaar (Grade 3), Division II First Place winner Vincent Canciello (Grade 3), and Division III First Place winner Emily Sollecito (Grade 4). In the back row are (left to right) Lane School Librarian Linda Coviello and Lane School Art Teacher Catherine (Cat) Johnstone. Absent from the photo is Linda Young, Library Assistant. Under their guidance, a total of five Lane students have won HM’s, and two First Place winners have been awarded!

MSLA has sponsored the contest annually since 2004 as a way to promote literacy and to advocate for School Libraries. The event has grown each year with increased participation; celebrated authors and illustrators are enlisted to judge the event. Creativity, artistic design, and relation to the theme are all key considerations in the contest. There are four age groups, and a First Place winner and 2 Honorable Mentions are awarded to each of the four divisions. These lucky students receive their awards at the State House in Boston, where they are treated to refreshments, awards from their local representatives, bookmarks made from their design (including an enlargement), goody bags, gift cards to a local bookstore, and finally, a tour of the State House. This year, the tour was highlighted by a meeting with Governor Patrick!

So, when you see Shana, Vincent and Emily be sure to congratulate them on their bookmark designs. We are all extremely proud of their achievements! To view all of this year’s winning images, please visit”

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