Third place: The Tiny Elephant by Mary Margaret Przybylski, fifth
grade (photo not available)
Our thanks to all participants who took the time to stretch their imagination to craft
some very creative stories. Many thanks as well to our judge, retired Grand Blanc teacher,
Charlee Litten, who helped solidify the criteria for the contest and had the difficult
task selecting the winning stories. Charlee based her decisions on the composition and
that story was in keeping with the “spirit” of The Commons Nature Preserve: a place to
be cherished, protected and appreciated.
announcement of the contest described a tree with an unblemished straight trunk and
attractive branching crown at The Grand Blanc Commons Nature Preserve. The base of the
tree trunk looks quite like the foot of an elephant (see photo), so we thought it would be
fun to challenge students with a contest for the best story crafted about the elephant
tree and how it came to be.
It was apparent that authors of all entries spent considerable time, creativity and
thought composing their story which were all quite creative and entertaining.