Congratulations to John McGuire, Emily Moore, Ricky Godsil and Ali (Robinson) Schweer for being selected by the General Federation of Women’s Club – Athena Division to have their writings advance to the state round of competition. The GFWC is a long standing organization that promotes volunteerism. The students have been submitting poetry and short stories to Gardner’s local organization for many years and doing quite well at that level but this is the first time any work has moved to the next stage. The Athena Club has been in existence in Gardner since 1922. They were responsible for forming the first PTA in 1947. The ladies were instrumental in getting kindergarten in our school system, making Gardner one of the first in the state to do so. The club members were, and still are large supporters of the arts and our students through their annual scholarship. They were responsible for the purchase of the band’s first uniforms and helped secure a full-time art teacher at the high school.