Come Alive Outside is asking Vermonters to help boost the morale of their community, themselves and their neighbors by telling the world what they love about where they live.

Participants in the contest are asked to write a “love letter” to their town and then submit it to Come Alive Outside by email.

Staff members at the Rutland-based nonprofit, which encourages residents to experience the health and social benefits of enjoying the outdoors, hope the “love letters” will be a positive experience for reader and writer.

Writers can share their gratitude and express their love for the part of Vermont they call home and the readers get a chance to reflect on all the ways their town is special to others, which may positively influence how they see their own community.

In a news release, Arwen Turner, executive director of Come Alive Outside, said both getting outside and gratitude practices have positive impacts on mental and physical health.”

“We hope this contest creates the intention and motivation for folks to get outside and explore their towns as well as inspires others to check out the hidden gems they read about in the letters,” Turner said.

The letters can be submitted by email at Arwen@comealiveoutside.com by Feb. 10, or sent by post office to Come Alive Outside, P.O. Box 267, Rutland, VT 05702. Mail needs to be postmarked by Feb. 7 for consideration.

Come Alive Outside will announce three winners: an adult and youth from anywhere in Vermont; and an additional winner from Rutland County. The prizes are gift baskets with a variety of outdoor gifts.

Winners will be announced on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. All love letter submissions will be published on www.comealiveoutside.com online.

patrick.mcardle

@rutlandherald.com

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