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 2019, there were 1,107 essays submitted from 28 different schools. This premier teen writing contest continues to thrive under the current leadership of Debe Dockins with over 9,000 total entries to date and more than $80,000 awarded. Fran Kick remains a consultant to the contest and has been the featured keynote presenter at the annual celebration every year from 2007 to 2023.
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”
“The Good Life Award ceremony wouldn’t be the same without Fran Kick.”
Yeck Brothers Company