Monday, March 21, 2011

Encourage Students to Listen to Life (contest)

The Legacy Project's 11th Annual Essay Contest is underway, and students have until March 31 to submit a winning essay and be rewarded fabulous prizes.  From the site:

The Legacy Project's 11th annual Listen to a Life Essay Contest runs in partnership with Generations United in Washington, DC. The contest is an opportunity to develop important skills in areas that include interviewing, listening, writing, and technology. Young people have an opportunity for their work to be read and recognized by a wider audience. And the BIGGEST benefit of this contest has always been the important intergenerational connections it encourages, builds, and strengthens. It helps forge closer connections between young and old as they get to know each other in new, often unexpected ways.

To enter, a young person 8-18 years old interviews an older person over 50 years (cannot be a parent; they can be a grandparent, older friend, mentor, neighbor, nursing home resident, etc.) about their hopes and goals through their life, how they achieved goals and overcame obstacles, or how dreams may have changed along the way. What life advice can the older person share? The young person then writes a 300-word essay (maximum) based on the interview.

Prizes include a new computer and software, an IPod Nano and $25,000 in software for the winner's school!  

Essays can be submitted using the online entry form.  Visit the contest rules page for more details.

Good luck!


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