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March 14, 2019 City Council Regular Meeting
4. Appearance by Representatives from Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries to Recognize Winners of the 9th Annual Leopold’s Creative Writing Challenge
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The results are in!  Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries recently asked students in Chatham, Liberty and Effingham counties to submit poems on the theme, 100 Years of Leopold’s Ice Cream, and the results were amazing.  Over 250 poems were received and after much careful consideration, 12 winners have been chosen.  Stratton Leopold, of Leopold’s Ice Cream, said of the challenge, “The talent from our local school children seems to get better and better each year.  This year’s topic was very close to my heart as we prepare to celebrate 100 years of Leopold’s Ice Cream in Savannah.  I know that my father would be honored by all of the birthday wishes we received from these students.  I am so proud of our amazing young people!”  Each of the first-place winners will receive an ice cream party for their class, 2nd and 3rd place finalists will each receive a special gift certificate for Leopold’s Ice Cream. And the winners are:

Elementary Winner (K-2): “Happy 100” by Amari Copeland, 6, Frank Long Elementary

Elementary Finalists: “A Sweet Century” by Theo Cohen, 7, Susie King Taylor Community School; “I Love to Dream” by Paisey Thompson, 7, St. Andrews School

Elementary Winner (3-5)“Untitled” by Emma Claire Villa, 8, Susie King Taylor Community School

Elementary Finalists: “100 Years of Leopold’s” by Jamison Buners, 11, Button Gwinnett Elementary; “100 Years of Leopold’s” by Alexander James (AJ) Rahal, 10, St. James Catholic School

Middle School Winner (6-8)“Untitled” by Payton Tanner, 12, Godley Station School

Middle School Finalists:   “A Century of Sweetness” by Jessica E. Hogg, 13, Homeschool; “Leopold’s Poem” by Scarlett Jackson, 11, Coastal Middle School

High School Winner (9-12): “Classic Lines are Worth the Wait” by Krystell Sanchez Romero, 16, Sol C Johnson High School

High School Finalists:  “My Dream” by Keyshawn McCoy, 15, Woodville Tompkins Technical & Career High School; “Untitled” by Nia Johnson, 16, Islands High School

Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded one hundred years ago in Savannah, Georgia by three brothers from Greece. Peter, Basil and George passed their tradition of making super-premium ice cream, one batch at a time, down to Peter’s youngest son, Stratton. Stratton and his wife Mary own and operate Leopold’s Ice Cream today. Their commitment to arts and education in the community is second only to their commitment to creating the highest quality ice cream possible in a fun, family environment.  Live Oak Public Libraries is a system of 16 libraries and one bookmobile providing programs and services in Chatham, Effingham, & Liberty Counties. Their mission is to provide excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning and build and enhance their communities.

Leopold’s Ice Cream and Live Oak Public Libraries have partnered again to host the 9th Annual Leopold’s Ice Cream Creative Writing Challenge. As Leopold’s Ice Cream prepares to celebrate a century of ice cream in Savannah during 2019, students were encouraged to creatively express their thoughts on this year’s theme, “100 Years of Leopold’s Ice Cream!”, through poetry.  Stratton & Mary Leopold, longtime advocates of literacy and fostering creative energy in our youth, have hosted this annual competition since 2011. The contest has proven to be a huge success with hundreds of entries each year.  The challenge was open to all students (public, private and homeschool) in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties.

The winners and finalists have been invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, March 14th.


Mayor Eddie W. DeLoach
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