MLK Jr. essay, art contest still open to local students

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Does your child love to write or make art? If so, there’s still time for them to submit an entry for this year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Essay & Art Contest.

If you’re child is attending school in Athens or Limestone County, or is a homeschool student in the area, they’re eligible to participate in the contest. There are different divisions and themes based on grade levels, from 2nd grade through 12th.

All entries must be submitted no later than Jan. 13, 2020.

Submissions can be mailed to MLK Essay/Art contest, P.O. Box 1071, Athens, AL 35612. Essay submissions may be submitted via email to kglaze@athensal.us. Entries may also be hand delivered to Kim at the Mayor’s Office.

Criteria for the contest can be found below:

  • Essays can’t be more than a page in length, and must be typed or written legibly by hand
  • Students must write their essays; counselors and parents may assist, but the words and thoughts must be the students’ own
  • The student’s name, age, grade, and a phone number should be included on the upper right corner of the essay; art submissions should have the same information included on the back of the picture
  • Essays will be judged on clarity, content, grammar, and theme development based on age of the writer; art will be judged based on creativity of theme expression and artistic skill based on chosen medium
  • Winners in each category will read their essay during the MLK program on Jan. 20, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. at the Event Center/Veterans Museum. All art will be displayed at the event program with the three winning entries on display at City Hall
  • First, second, and third place winners in both essay and art will receive a cash award

Essay themes are divided up based on grade levels.

Elementary Division

Grades 2 & 3
Choose one topic: “Together We Are One” or “My Life Has Significance”

  • What do you do to make your school one group?
  • What do you do to make your life significance at home and at school?

Grades 4 & 5
Choose one topic: “Together We Are One” or “My Life Has Significance”

  • What do you do to make your school one group?
  • What do you do to make your life significance at home and at school?

Middle Division

Grades 6, 7, & 8
Choose one topic: “Together We Are One” or “My Life Has Significance”

  • What have you done to make your community become more united?
  • Explain how you think every life has significance.

Senior Division

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12
“The Arc of the Moral Universe is Long, But it Bends Towards Justice

  • Explain what Dr. King was trying to convey when he talked about the Arc of the Moral Universe bending towards justice.

This year’s art contest themes are the same for all grades – “Together We Are Greater” or “My Life Has Significance.”

If you have questions, contact Benard Simelton at 256-444-1300 or 256-426-6406.

             
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