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MLK Day Art Contest and Essay Contest

November 30, 2017 12:01 am0 commentsViews: 27

SWEDESBORO — The Swedesboro MLK Day Program Committee announces an Art Contest and an Essay Contest to commemorate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

The Art Contest is open to children in grades K-6 and the Essay Contest is open to students in grades 7-12. Contestants must live in either Gloucester or Salem County.

First place winners will receive a cash prize. Second and third place winners will receive ribbons and certificates.

All artwork and essays will be displayed at the Swedesboro MLK Day Program on Jan. 15, 2018 at the Margaret Clifford Elementary School, Auburn Rd., Swedesboro.

The Art Contest theme is to draw a picture that captures the essence of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” Speech. Art work must be original and can be no larger than 24” x 36” (poster size).

Winners will be chosen in two categories: grades K-2 and 3-6. First, second, and third place winners will be recognized at the program.

The Essay Contest theme is: “Consider all aspects of Dr. King’s famous ‘I Have a Dream Speech,’ what would it take to truly make it a reality?” Winners will be chosen in two categories: grades 7-9 and 10-12. First, second, and third place winners will be acknowledged at the program.

The first place winner will be invited to read his/her essay at the program. Entries must be original, typed, double-spaced, and no longer than 300 words.

Artwork and essays can be emailed to; faxed to 856-241-8455; or mailed to: Swedesboro MLK Day of Homage, 195 Hunters Run, Woolwich Township, NJ 08085. Swedesboro-Woolwich school students can also give their entries to their teachers.

All entries must be received by Dec. 31, 2018. Please include your name, grade, address, telephone number, email address, and school name. Winners will be notified by Jan. 8. The judge’s decisions are final.

The public is invited to attend the Annual MLK Day program featuring the award-winning Creative Arts Morgan Village Academy Jazz Band and Gospel Choir, recitations of Dr. King’s speeches, local youth performers, contest winners, Community Service Awards, refreshments, and much more. This truly moving program will begin at 1 p.m.

Other Swedesboro MLK Day events include a Minority-Owned Business Vendors Fair and a Community Service Project.

These events are sponsored by the Historical and Educational Lodge-Hall Preservatory, Inc. (a 501 (c) 3 organization), local businesses, churches, and civic organizations. More information about the contests, program, Minority-Owned Business Vendors Fair, Community Service Awards, and how to contribute is on our Facebook page: MLK Day Celebration. You can get involved by calling Rev. Sherry Hall at (215) 919-3362, or Dr. Michelle Blair at (856) 693- 6526.


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