Mville student bags contest prize with drawing of teacher
August 28, 2008 · Updated 10:48 AM
MARYSVILLE A local teacher is appearing on nearly 3 million grocery bags, thanks to an ambitious and artistic student.
Pinewood teacher Paige Elwell is being featured on bags at Haggen supermarkets in Washington and Oregon thanks to the efforts of Maddy Hunter, a fourth-grader who is an aspiring author and who loves her teacher.
Hunter entered a drawing she drew of Elwell in a contest and was selected from entrants in two states. The bags just arrived in town from the Virginia manufacturer and were being used this week at the store on 88th Street in Marysville where Elwell learned of the honor during maternity leave.
Oh my gosh, its so cute! Elwell said as Haggen perishable manager Barb Luell-Doyle unveiled the new design. Everything she does is so cute. I love it, I absolutely love it.
Youre going to be all over Marysville, Luell-Doyle told her.
For Hunter it was a reflection of the affection she holds for the teacher who gives her inspiration and support. Hunter wants to be an author and has written one childrens book already, and she said she gets lots of encouragement from her teacher.
She helps me with math, she helps me with reading and she believes in me when I say I want to be an author, Hunter explained. She likes to hear my stories.
Not only is Elwell nice but Hunter said she dances during reading buddies time and that gives everybody a kick. Its all in a days work, according to Elwell, who said when she has great students like Hunter it makes her job so much more enjoyable. Hunter is an ambitious kid with plenty of moxie, she noted, recalling the time the nine-year-old wrote to her favorite author, Peg Kehret and got an answer back.
You cannot be a teacher without great students and shes a great student, Elwell said. And shes a great author.
The bags will be in Haggen and Top Food stores and are the companys way of showing their support for teachers, according to Luell-Doyle.
This is our way of acknowledging the importance of education, she said.