There was much excitement in several schools in the locality when the winners of the ‘Appreciating the Elderly’ competition for local national school students this week. The competition was sponsored by Portumna Retirement Village and the award winners were announced on Tuesday evening (2nd February 2011).
At the prize giving reception held at the social centre in Portumna Retirement Village, twenty four students from five local schools received awards. These twenty four entries were deemed to be the best of over 250 entries received. The entries were submitted in five categories and there were individual winners of each category who each received a plaque and a gift voucher worth €25.
The category winners were as follows:-
Junior/Senior Class - Aaron Larkin, Kiltormer NS
1st/2nd Class – Alan McDonagh Killeen NS, Clodagh McIntyre, Lorrha NS
3rd/4th Class – Ciaran Coen – Kiltormer NS
5th / 6th Class – Eric Flaherty Portumna NS, Aoife Gunning, Moyglass NS
In addition to the individual awards, Portumna Retirement Village also awarded the prize of a laptop computer worth €500 to the school that submitted the best overall entries. This prize went to Portumna NS. The awards were presented to the students by Tony Williams and he congratulated all the children for the high quality of the entries and the insight that they each provided to their understanding of the value of elderly people to our community .