Virginia student Ava Singh wins
2017 Punctuation Photo Contest
Congratulations to AVA SINGH, a student at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA,
for winning the 2017 National Punctuation Day Photo Contest. David Peters is her teacher.
Ava successfully took three photos of incorrectly punctuated signs, named the punctuation errors,
suggested correct fixes, and captioned each photo. A box full of punctuation goodies is on its way to Ava.
Ava's classmates, Ilana Moyer and Sarah Conley, were also contenders for the top prize,
and will also receive gifts.
The error in this photo is the misuse of an ellipses. An ellipses is used when there is an omission of part of a sentence;
however, there is nothing being omitted on this sign. The sign should read “Rotisserie Style Meats & Chicken.”
The caption for this photo: “The ellipses should be gone but my hunger is still strong!”
The error in this photo is that a comma is missing. There should be a comma after “drop” because “and” is
the conjunction in the sentence. This is a simple series of three items, which means there should be a
comma before the conjunction. This sign only had a comma separating the first two items.
The sign should read “STOP, DROP, and ROLL.” The caption for this photo: “STOP DROPping the Oxford comma and ROLL with it!”
The error in this photo is that there is a missing apostrophe. There should be an apostrophe because it is possessive.
The plural of child is children so “Childs” should not be written without an apostrophe.The sign should read “Child’s play”
not “Childs play.” The caption for this photo: “This punctuation mistake is pretty CHILDish.”
Dumbest Sign of the Century, to date
On south Western Ave. in Chicago. Sent by Joanne Archibald.
Rosine’s, Monterey, CA
Home of the Possessive Benedict
Sent by Ken Braly
Great punctuation video
from WABI-TV in Bangor, ME
Past radio coverage of
National Punctuation Day®
Past newspaper and blog
National Punctuation Day®
Missouri State Teachers Association: Why Punctuation?
Guest column by Jeff Rubin, founder of National Punctuation Day
The Destin Log:
A punctilious punctuators pet peeves
Contest: Do you know your punctuation?
San Francisco Chronicle: Punctuation Paragraph Contest
Highlights 8th Annual National Punctuation Day, Sept. 24
St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Happy National Punctuation Day! Now use it correctly
Baltimore Sun: On George Clooney and apostrophes
Charlotte Observer.comThe Reading Life blog:
Punctuation geeks: A contest just for you
North County Times (CA):
HUNNEMAN: Hyping the hyphen
Watch the punctuation: Its role in financial documents is crucial
“Punctuation, (is) our; friend!”
Dubuque (IA) Telegraph-Herald:
Editor’s notes: TH readers try to punctuate their way to glory
Omaha World Herald: So you know
Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader: Punctuation a thing of the past?
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin: Prepare your pet peeves. Punctuation Day is fast approaching (first column, September 14)
Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin: I’m Just Sayin’: Today’s the day for perfect punctuation (second column, September 24)
Beverly in Movieland: Punctilious about Punctuation
New Jersey Today: Contest Highlights 8th Annual National Punctuation Day, Sept. 24
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Spokane (WA) Spokesman-Review Today is National Punctuation Day
Pinole Patch: Write a Paragraph for National Punctuation Day
El Cerrito Patch: A Day To Show Some Love for Punctuation
Association Media & Publishing: It’s Cool to be a Comma
The Writing Resource: Celebrate National Punctuation Day
Center for Writing Excellence: Call me a nerd, but . . .
American Copy Editors Society: Celebrating the comma, partying with parentheses
Chicago Reader: Chicago’s contribution to National Punctuation Day
Chicago Reader: Cats, Chicagoan claim quotation, comma contest
Ben G’s video salute to NPD: September 24th is National Punctuation Day!
Headbloom Blog: The Apoplectic Apostrophe
Grumbling & Gratitude: “HAPPY” NATIONAL PUNCTUATION ... DAY!
Daily Writing Tips: 10 Websites and Blogs of Punctuation Protectors
Wordnik: Punctuation Rules!
TeleRead: National Punctuation Day is September 24
Punctuation rap song: Dots N Dashes
You Tube: Punctuation songs and videos
Cybrary Man: Cybrary Man’s Educational Web Sites
Arlington Now: Arlington Resident a National Punctuation Day Winner
Arlington Sun-Gazette: Arlingtonian Among Tops in U.S. in Creative Use of Punctuation
Canton Repository: Punctuation contest brings out the best
New Jersey reporter searches for
missing apostrophe in Toms River
Old Navys T-shirt
Colleges and universities approved
the apostrophe-less T-shirt
National Punctuation Day®
salutes the Tea Party
Cake Wrecks highlights
The “Wonders” (of) Punctuation...
Victor Borge and Dean Martin
sing phonetic punctuation
National Punctuation Day at the
Michigan State University School of Journalism
PUNCTUATION PROGRAM IN
In 2006, National Punctuation Day® founder Jeff Rubin and his wife, Norma, began performing
Punctuation Playtime® assemblies in
elementary schools. Punctuation Playtime® has been performed nearly 75 times in schools from California
to Chicago to New York.
Punctuation Playtime® is a 45-minute program for children in grades K-6. Punctuation Playtime® features
games, activities, and storytelling—even a rap song—to reinforce important punctuation lessons
in an effort to enhance children’s reading, writing, and communication skills.
On October 21, 22, and 23, 2009, Jeff and Norma brought Punctuation Playtime® to the Westfield Fox Hills
Shopping Center in Culver City, CA, to help the center inaugurate a new installation inside the mall
called Punctuation Station. Jeff and Norma did three performances each day.
Teachers love the program and how Jeff and Norma interact with the children.
“Your program completely supports our curriculum content,” said Sally Feldman, a teacher at Washington
Elementary School, in Point Richmond, CA. “You have wrapped up the best in teaching to bring to our students.
I love the fact that you are not afraid to teach young children great skills!”
“That’s a typical comment we get from teachers after a program,” says Jeff,
who works during the day as The Newsletter Guy, writing company
newsletters for corporate customers out of his office in Pinole, CA.
Punctuation Playtime® performs
at Los Angeles-area shopping center
Jeff and Norma have also produced a 30-minute
instructional DVD that trains teachers how to facilitate Punctuation Playtime® in their schools. They also conduct 90-minute workshops
for elementary-school teachers on how to teach punctuation to children in a fun and engaging way.
Visit the NPD website regularly at www.NationalPunctuationDay.com for updates and new photos.
And check the Punctuation Playtime® website at www.PunctuationPlaytime.com for
information about bringing our program to your school.
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