I don’t usually get involved in contests, but this is a special one. It is an essay contest, open to public elementary school teachers. The big prize is an all-expense paid trip to NYC for you and a friend.

The sponsor is the LilySarahGrace Foundation. The foundation was created by their father Matthew Badger. Lily, Sarah, and Grace were sisters who were tragically killed in a Christmas day fire in 2011. Their father wanted to honor their memory by encouraging the arts in schools, because his daughters were inspired to learn through their love of the arts.

At the time of the fire, I was horrified by the terrible event. Having lost a child, I grieve when any parent suffers this pain. But three children! Unbearable.

This past spring, I met Matthew and saw how he was turning this tragedy into passion to help children across the country, and I wanted to help.

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