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Kacey Dutton, first essay contest winner.

This spring, Joshua’s Trust coordinated an essay contest for students at Tolland High School. The essay contest, open to juniors, was intended to help teens learn about the Trust and its preserves, and to encourage young people to think more deeply about the outdoors.

The contest also honored Doris Tobiassen, a former Tolland High School English teacher, and her husband who donated 84 acres of forested land with an endowment to the Trust in the 1990’s. The English teacher who held the contest, Ivy Morrison, was once one of Tobiassen’s students and teaches the same subject to her students today.

Kacey Dutton won the contest for her essay written on the prompt:  “If Henry David Thoreau could come back from the past for a day to take a walk with you at the Tobiassen Forest, what would the conversation be?” Her essay can be read here:  Tobiassen Walk with Thoreau

Congratulations, Kacey! Your essay reminds us all to take a rest, take a walk outside, and live life a little more simply.

Funded by the Tobiassen Memorial Forest endowment, Kacey and the next top two writers of the contest will receive a collection of books with nature-related themes. Joshua’s Trust looks forward to potentially collaborating again with Tolland High and other interested schools to develop new essay contests for young students within the 14 towns it serves.

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