Good Life Award kidsINK Dayton Daily Newspaper Insert

The Good Life Award

Washington-Centerville Public Library

Opportunity: In 2007, the Washington-Centerville Public Library approached Fran Kick to speak at their annual Good Life Award Celebration Ceremony and consult in the creation of a full-page newspaper kidsINK activity page which appeared in the Dayton Daily News. In addition, Fran was asked to create a series of classroom activities for teachers to use in conjunction with this writing contest.

Results: Prior to 2007, there were 366 entries from 26 participating schools. In 2010, there were 604 entries from 31 participating schools. In 2018, there were 986 essays submitted from 26 different schools. The contest continues to thrive under the current leadership of Debe Dockins with 6,316 total entries to date. Fran Kick remains a consultant to the contest and has been the featured program presenter at the annual celebration every year from 2007 to 2018.

Kristi Hale, Library Manager
Washington-Centerville Public Library
Your professionalism throughout the planning and implementation of the program contributed greatly to its overall success. All of your communications with us were prompt and clear, you arrived early, your professionalism was flawless, you stayed late to answer questions, all with infectious enthusiasm. In short, you delivered everything you promised and much, much more.Kristi Hale

Cynthia Klinck, Library Director
Washington-Centerville Public Library
You had the audience of all ages active, attentive, engaged, laughing and listening; that is pretty impressive with an audience largely comprised of teenagers! But most importantly, everyone left the program with a deeper understanding of how their efforts and choices have tremendous impact on their life and community.wcpl_logo_50x50

Bob Yeck, President
Yeck Brothers Company
The Good Life Award ceremony wouldn’t be the same without Fran Kick. He brings excitement with an inspiring message that clearly gets through to both students and parents. In my mind, Fran has a permanent invitation to inspire the students at the annual Good Life Awards.bob_yeck_50x50

Debe Dockins, Good Life Coordinator
Washington-Centerville Public Library
You are such a highlight for us, fabulous, inspiring, and funny! I also appreciate your willingness to film for our promotional DVD.debe_dockins_50x50

The contest and awards are made possible by an endowment from the family of Dorothy Yeck. A champion of children, Dottie Yeck believed that you’re never too young to have a positive impact on the world. The writing contest encourages teens to share their plans on how to lead a life that is fun, purposeful, and happy. Each year the writing prompts focus on Dottie Yeck’s philosophy of:

Being Good + Doing Good = Having Fun + Being Happy

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