LAD Leaf 2021

Looking for writing and publishing ideas? Want to see pictures of the LAD scholarship winners? Check out the LAD Leaf for that and more. The Fall 2021 issue covers many items:
• Information for the fall meeting
• Lists of officers
• Scholarship winners
• LAD Fair statistics
• A Starter’s Kit to help organize yourself and students for entering LAD
• Writing prompts and publishing opportunities for you and your students
• A brief history of LAD and the LAD Fair
• Information about the many changes in category descriptions
• Banned Books Week titles


LAD Leaf, Fall 2021

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Notes from the Summer Meeting

Happy summer, LAD Members!  We hope that you are doing well!
We had our LAD Summer Meeting last Saturday, and we wanted to share some information from the meeting with you.
Here are the Winter 2021 Minutes, which were approved at the meeting.  Here are the minutes from our Summer Meeting.  These minutes will not be officially approved until the Fall Meeting on October 7th, but we wanted to share the draft with you.
Here is a copy of our most current Constitution.  We noted the need for many changes, and we are looking at this version, with edits.  If there are changes you would like us to make, you can email me with those suggestions, or we welcome you to the Fall Meeting to discuss them with all in attendance.
Please mark your calendar with this year’s events, which are all listed at the end of the of the Summer Minutes.  We are excited to see you all in-person, very soon!
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WHOF Winners

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LAD Fair Winners

Congratulations to all of the LAD Fair Winners this year!  Click here to see the winners lists.  Each grade level grouping is tabbed at the bottom, so you can easily move back and forth between the grade levels from one link!  

More details on ribbons, certificates, and how we will celebrate virtually to come soon!

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Message from Stephanie Summers

Greetings, LAD Members! This is a very long email, full of important reminders about

upcoming LAD Fair deadlines, as well as friendly reminders about the LAD Fair events
being completely virtual this year. Please carefully read all of the information and reach
out with any questions as soon as possible!
● Here is a checklist that you can use to help you navigate this virtual platform.
You can fill it out digitally or print it off.
● All LAD Fair entries must be submitted online by 4:30pm on Friday, March 26th.
○ NO entries should be mailed or delivered to Willard or any other physical
○ ALL entries will be online this year.
○ The entry form will automatically close at 4:30pm, so enter your items as
early as possible.
○ All entries are due by Friday, including art entries for categories 79 and 80.
○ Here is a link to information about Virtual Entries, including the links to use
to enter work.
○ Here is a link to information about how to properly share entries so that
they are viewable by judges.
○ Please remember to cover, mask, delete, or cover student and teacher
name on the work as much as possible.
■ This is covered in Rule 3 in the LAD Rules.
■ DO NOT use student or teacher name in the title of an entry, unless
it is the title, such as in a bio-poem or autobiography.
● Please check links for entries and scholarships IMMEDIATELY if you are
planning on entering.
○ If an entry form link does not work for you, email Casey Daugherty.
○ If a scholarship form link does not work for you, reply to this email.
○ Casey Daugherty is available to help with technical issues on the entry
form and after items are entered.
■ You can reach out to Casey until 4:30pm on Wednesday, March
24th if you cannot access the entry form.
■ Email her at [email protected] for help.
○ If the link does not work for you, help will not be available on Thursday or
Friday, which may mean that you will not be able to enter any work this
year. (So please go in and check the links today, even if you aren’t going
to enter anything today!)
● If you make a mistake when entering:
○ Use the confirmation email that you receive to go in and make changes on
your own.
○ If you need to delete entries, did not get a confirmation email, or have
another mistake that you are not sure how to fix, please email Casey
Daugherty immediately to let her know which entries should be deleted or
○ You can email Casey about help with entries through Friday at 4:30pm.
● Judging will begin on Saturday, March 27th and will be fully virtual.
○ There will not be any Judging done at a physical site this year.
○ Judges who have already signed up have received a confirmation email.
○ There is not a capability to show up and volunteer to judge, as there is
when we are in-person.
○ If you think you signed up to help with judging but have not received an
email yet, please check your email, including your spam, junk, and
promotions folders to see if you missed the email.
● Winner’s Lists will be posted as soon as Judging is completed.
○ Judging may take longer in a virtual format.
○ We hope to have lists ready to share by the middle of next week, at the
○ Lists will be posted on our Facebook page, in our Facebook Community
Group, on our website, and sent out through email.
● Information about a Virtual Fair and celebrating our winners will be sent out and
posted in April.
That is a lot of information! Be sure to email or post on Facebook any questions that

you have or clarifications that you might need!

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Scholarship Update

If you are a Springfield Public Schools teacher, please email Stephanie at [email protected] to request separate links for SPS teachers.
If you are a Republic School District teacher, please email Casey Daugherty at [email protected] to request separate links for Republic teachers.
If you are unable to access the link here on the LAD Website, please email Stephanie at [email protected] immediately for help!
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Scholarship Links Updated

The scholarship links on the right side of this site have been updated and are working.  Please feel free to apply online.

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Digital Forms

The long-awaited digital forms have arrived for LAD Members to enter student work in our first ever Virtual LAD Fair!  We are so excited to be able to host a Fair this year!
A few notes:
  • All entry forms will close at 4:30pm Central Time on Friday, March 26th. No entries will be accepted after that time.
  • You may begin entering work immediately!
  • ALL categories, even art entries, should be entered at this time. (This change for art entries is for this year only.)
  • All students must sign the Oath & Permission, which teachers will keep on file.
  • Only members can enter student work.
    • Update your membership here.
    • Pay for your membership online here.
    • Work submitted by non-members will not be judged.
  • Links to Digital Entry Forms:
We know that there might be many questions and challenges as we navigate this new system.  Rules, category descriptions, and other links and information can always be found at the LAD website, for your convenience.  Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.  
We are so excited to find a way to celebrate our students and their writing in this challenging year.  Thank you so much for entering LAD this year!
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LAD Fair 2021 Announcement

All LAD events for 2021 will be held virtually this year.  We will share directions, links, and information in the coming weeks.

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