Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Reading Fairy Contest: a case of human error

On behalf of the United States Postal Service, Greenville Postmaster William Judge issued an apology on August 25, 2010 to the participants of the "Reading Fairy Contest" launched by Elizabeth Horner and the friends of the Reading Fairy early part of this summer. The contest announcement was published by Darke Journal, other local media outlets, and centers with summer programming. A clerical error occurred and Elizabeth Horner's P.O. Box was treated as a closed box and entries to the summer reading contest were returned to the senders. The USPS has rectified the problem but it is too late to conclude the contest and be fair to everyone according to Elizabeth Horner. Participants who sent their entries or wrote to the Reading Fairy are highly encouraged to resubmit them to the same address: P.O. Box 263, Greenville, OH 45331. The lucky recipients of special gifts will be drawn before school breaks for Thanksgiving, at the same time winners of the fall reading contest are drawn. The Greenville USPS is offering to refund the cost of postage for those returned entries.

Horner, who treats the beginning of the school year like New Year’s Day said "I tend to look back and reflect on the things that have happened to me during the summer, and make some sort of resolution for the future. By nature, humans have free will which allows us to make our own choices and… our own mistakes. Sometimes things get sort of tangled up, but as long as we benefit from those incidents, I think that those little mishaps are worth having. They help to shape us, our future. Our wisdom comes in the form of experiences both positive and negative." Horner is sorry for all the inconvenience this has created to the participants but she said that this can be a good learning experience for everyone.

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