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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, Build a Better World, and the results were amazing.  Over 700 amazing poems were received and after much careful consideration, 12 winners have been chosen.  Stratton Leopold, of Leopold’s Ice Cream, said of the challenge, “I’m always impressed with the high level of creativity that these students exhibit in their poetry.  Choosing a winner wasn’t easy!  There were so many wonderful poems!” Each of the first place winners will receive an ice cream party for their class, finalists will each receive a special gift certificate for Leopold’s Ice Cream.  And the winners are:

K – 2

Winner: “A Better World” by Olivia Bowes, 6, Savannah Christian Preparatory School


“Diversity In A Great Big World” by Chloe Cipoletti, 7, Savannah Classical Academy

“Build a Better World” by Montrell Watson, 6, Liberty Elementary School

3 – 5

Winner: “Build A Better World” by Halle Riley, 4th Grade, St. Peter the Apostle School


“Let’s take a stand” by Carson Gerber, 5th Grade, Hancock Day School

“Together” by Julia Ronning, 5th Grade, Jacob G. Smith Elementary School

6 – 8

Winner: “Stop Tweeting, Start Helping” by Krystell Sanchez-Romero, 14, East Broad Street K-8 School


“My Square World” by Rickayla Fiournoy, 14, Oglethorpe Charter School

“Untitled” by Claire McKenna, 13

9 – 12

Winner: “Untitled” by Jazmine Wilkerson, 17, Bradwell Institute


“Hope of a New Pattern” by Telem Fenster, 14, Homeschool

“A New Day” by Rachel Anderson, 18, Calvary Day School

All winners and finalists have been invited to read their poems at the Savannah City Council Meeting on Thursday, February 16th at 2pm in the Council Chambers, 2nd Floor of City Hall.  This meeting is open to the public and everyone is welcome.  Savannah Government Television Channel 8 broadcasts Council Meetings live at 2 p.m. on the day of the meeting. Same-day replay of the meeting is at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

Stratton & Mary Leopold, longtime advocates of literacy and fostering creative energy in our youth, have hosted the annual competition, in conjunction with the Live Oak Public Libraries, since 2011.

Leopold’s Ice Cream was founded in Savannah, Georgia in 1919 by three brothers from Greece.  Peter, Basil and George passed their tradition of making super premium ice cream in the shop, one batch at a time down to Peter’s youngest son, Stratton.  Stratton and his wife Mary own and operate Leopold’s 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 provides excellent, responsive service to enrich people’s lives, support lifelong learning and enhance our communities in Chatham, Effingham, and Liberty Counties.