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WCCCD enjoys relationship with local schools


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Some winners were part of the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade.

January 16, 2014
A holiday tradition in the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods school districts is a source of pride for Wayne County Community College District.

The Holiday Family Tradition Art and Essay Contest was a success again, with WCCCD University Center Provost Sandra T. Robinson announcing dozens of winners in the Grosse Pointe News.

Between the two school districts, 386 elementary school students participated in the contest and each student received a certificate of participation from WCCCD. Thirty-four students were selected first-place winners and 36 received honorable mention. All winners received a certificate and winner's badge. The first-place winners were asked to participate in the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade, riding the WCCCD fire engines. The students received a WCCCD Santa hat and blanket on parade day.

According to Robinson, the essay contest started in 2006 with 12 winners and has continued to grow as participation becomes greater every year.

"The essays written by the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods students are extremely heartwarming," Robinson said.

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"The topics varied from traditional holiday customs to heartfelt stories of students who lost loved ones and missed the traditions they once experienced.

"This contest is exceptionally special to the Wayne County Community College District because of the invaluable, long-standing partnership with the Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods school districts. It's an honor and privilege to showcase the talent of the students. The contest and parade participation provide an annual opportunity to recognize the students, their parents, teachers and principals."

WCCCD announces the winners each holiday season in the Grosse Pointe News.

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