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Last week for contest

Some people like to write and some people would rather have a root canal. That applies to young children too. Probably more since they are still learning their native tongue and all of its nuances.

But if they are willing to stretch themselves third and fourth graders in Lawrence County schools can get a reward for their effort. Plus they will help publicize something important.

This is the last week for the youngsters to immortalize their pet dogs in the Lawrence County Auditor’s office, Top Dog contest.

The essay contest was started three years ago by auditor Jason Stephens as a way to publicize the law that every dog owner must buy a $12 dog tag annually.

Each child has been asked to write on why he or she believes his or her dog should be named the county’s Top Dog for 2016.

The past two essay contests really sparked the creativity of the fledgling writers and each time the winner was named in a surprise ceremony at the schools, the excitement and joy for the participants was apparent.

But more importantly, it teaches the children the responsibility that they are required to follow the law, no matter how seemingly small.

The contest also highlights the fact that dog owners who license their pets have a better chance of getting them back should they get lost or stolen.

The auditor’s office should be commended for teaching children these valuable lessons all in the guise of the fun of a contest.