Washington-Henry Elementary School student selected as ‘Better Future Fund’ contest winner

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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A local 5th grader was recognized for her essay writing skills. 

Mariam Mattara, who attends Washington-Henry Elementary School, is one of the winners of the “Better Future Fund” essay contest. In total, there have been five winners across Central Virginia. 

Her essay topic was titled, “How going to college or a training program is better for her community.”  

Mariam Mattara, who attends Washington-Henry Elementary School, is one of the winners of the "Better Future Fund" essay contest. In total, there have been five winners across Central Virginia. 

Mattara received $2,000 for a Virginia 529 savings account and a pizza party for his class. She also won her family a pack of tickets to attend the Spring Nascar race at the Richmond Raceway. Washington-Henry Elementary School won $1,000 as part of the school prizes. They’ll be able to use the money to pay for school supplies, graduation ceremonies, and more. 

The “Better Future Fund” is an essay contest for 5th graders in the Metro-Richmond area sponsored by 8News, Richmond Raceway, Papa John’s and Virginia 529. 

The program promotes educational assistance to local schools and families in need. 

CLICK HERE for more information on the ‘Better Future Fund.’

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