“Paws for Applause,” is a partnership of the Observer & Eccentric Media and the Detroit Tigers, to honor extraordinary young people for giving back in some way to their schools, communities and/or families.
Madhavan, 8, won four Detroit Tigers baseball tickets, a Little Caesars value certificate good for a free pizza, and an autographed photograph of Detroit Tiger pitcher, Doug Fister. He was congratulated by the PAWS and presented a certificate from the Detroit Tigers on the baseball field during the May 12 game.
Mani Arumugam, Madhavan's proud father, nominated his son for the honor. He explained in his letter that Madhavan started a handwriting campaign called, McScRiBbles, to help preserve the art of handwriting.
“Children are slowly moving away from pen and paper and using electronic communication,'' wrote Arumugam. “Handwriting is an art.” Arumugam indicated that Madhavan started a self-published magazine called McScRiBbles. His magazine is produced in both a handwritten and web version.
Arumugam added that Madhaven makes positive change in lives of youth by providing a platform for children to write and submit their stories. “Madhavan believes that every kid will use their handwriting to improve their imagination if the opportunity is given.”
In his nominating letter to the O&E, Arumugam wrote that “Madhavan started McScRiBbles in the summer of 2012 when he was in the second grade. He wrote various handwritten articles and self-published them. He requested his friends to join hands to write handwritten articles. Almost all his friends joined and started writing.
Madhavan Thevar, a third-grader at Highmeadow Elementary in Farmington Hills, is the first “Paws for Applause'' winner of the 2013 baseball season.
“Madhavan shared his editorship with his friends. His friends took editorship on a monthly rotation. Currently more than 55 elementary school children participated [submitting] more than 180 handwritten articles published on various titles like short stories, President's Corner, poem, places, interviews, fun, jokes, experience, drawing, comics, book review, biography, puzzles and more.
“McScRiBbler's have taken interviews from many famous personalities. To name a few, Sheila Taormina - USA Olympic Champion, Jerome Soble - Sculpture and Artist, Genot Picor - Native Indian Story Teller, Musician and Dancer, Chuck Nebus - Chief of Police, Farmington Hills, Nick Hippler - Inspector of Fire Station, Farmington Hills, and more.”
Observer & Eccentric Media congratulates Madhavan for providing opportunities for youth to be creative and empowered using the art of writing.