NPMS Student Wins Darrell Wiatt Family Philanthropy Essay Contest

The Putnam County Community Foundation is proud to congratulate Allison Skirvin, the 2020 Darrell Wiatt Family Philanthropy Essay Contest’s grand prize winner.

Allison is a student in Holly Richardson’s English class at North Putnam Middle School.

In recognition of Allison’s accomplishment, the Humane Society of Putnam County, the charity of her choice, will receive a $150 grant. Additionally, North Putnam Middle School will receive a $500 grant.

The essay contest is specifically for seventh-grade students enrolled in the four county middle schools.  Each school submitted two essays to the Community Foundation for judging. Participants were instructed to write a 500-word essay about the philanthropist they admire the most. The essays were reviewed by four judges at the county level and scored on criteria such as spelling, grammar, organization, content of essay, and understanding of philanthropy.

Allison’s essay recognized Grace Timm, North Putnam High School senior, for her work with the “Shoes for Change” project. In 2019, Timm collected shoes throughout Putnam County to donate to children in Africa.

The contest finalists, in addition to Allison, were; Evan Barnett (Cloverdale Middle School), Anna Cox (Greencastle Middle School), Elizabeth Dobson (South Putnam Middle School), Asyria Ford (Cloverdale Middle School), Jadyn Gilson (South Putnam Middle School), Lenora Hale (Greencastle Middle School), and Keaton O’Mullane (North Putnam Middle School). The Community Foundation congratulates each finalist on their essays and their understanding of philanthropy.

The Darrell Wiatt Family Philanthropy Essay Contest was established in 2006 by Darrell Wiatt, a passionate community member and former educator at the North Putnam Community School Corporation. Through the program, the Foundation hopes to recognize a few of the everyday philanthropists in Putnam County and to ensure that no child will graduate from high school without knowing the meaning of the word “philanthropy.”

For additional information, visit or contact the Community Foundation at 765-653-4978.


From left to right; Holly Richardson (NPMS English Teacher), Grace Timm (NPHS Student), Allison Skirvin (NPMS Student/Essay Winner), Dean Gambill (PCCF Community Development Director), Scott Miller (NPMS Principal), and Kate Skirvin (Allison Skirvin’s Mother).

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