The creative expression of nearly 4,000 public school children is on display for all to see.
Student writing from the Merced County Writing Festival is on display this week at the Merced Mall.
The writing festival, established in 1984, has 20 different categories in both prose and poetry. A panel of teachers from each participating school judges entries over a one-week period.
At the beginning of each school year, teachers have access to a handbook that lists about 20 different categories in both prose and poetry. A gold medal is given for the best entry in prose and the best entry in poetry at each grade level.
From 64 entries in 1984 to more the nearly 4,000 entries this year, the Merced County Writing Festival touches the lives of more and more young people every year, said Valerie Le Duc, special events coordinator for the Merced County Office of Education.
For more information on the festival, call Le Duc at (209) 381-5910.