The South Carolina Independent School Association today will present The Cooper School with a first-place award for its literary magazine “Pass It On.”

The association holds an annual contest for schools to submit student writing in a variety of categories, officials said.

The Cooper School, at 13 Oakdale Place in West Ashley, entered the contest for the first time this year and took home the top award in the magazine category with its collection of student-produced poetry, the school’s Associate Director Franci Ollard said.

Several elementary school students across Charleston County contributed to “Pass It On”, which started in 2008 and is published each April, Ollard said.

All proceeds from the literary magazine’s sales were donated to Mercy Ships, an international charity that provides medical care for port cities in underdeveloped countries, she said.

SCISA’s Executive Director Larry K. Watt will present The Cooper School with the award today at noon.

“The maturity level of the writing of these students is what impressed the judges more than anything else,” Watt said. “It was clearly the best in the state.”

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