Friday, March 10, 2017

Student Writing Contest

ALL ARE WELCOME
Writing Contest

The Groton Board of Selectmen have proposed welcoming all residents and visitors to the town of Groton with entrance signs that say, “All are welcome.” This simple message communicates the importance of diversity and inclusion and supports the core values of the town. If their proposal is approved, there will be a ceremony to erect these signs, and they would love students to be involved.

Our students are the future of our two towns, and their voices and perspectives are critical to maintaining a culture that embraces all people for who they are. We are now accepting entries for the “All are welcome,” writing contest. There will be 4 categories:
  • Grades PK-2
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

All entries will be reviewed, with winners in each category receiving a gift card, the opportunity to read or present their entry at the Spring Groton town meeting and/or at the ceremony, and a pizza or a donut party for their class.

Prompt:

What does “All are welcome” mean to you? After thinking about the importance of valuing diversity and everyone in our community, write a response that answers the question.

We welcome writing in various formats including:
  • Exhibits to include a written product
  • Formal letters, to the Board of Selectmen
  • Non-fiction narratives, such as accounts of an event
  • Essays, blogs, or editorials
  • Poetry or visual poetry
  • Artworks
  • Video or audio recording

All entries must contain:
  • Student first and last name
  • Grade and classroom teacher/ELA teacher

Submit entries to your school office by March 29, 2017.
Winning entries in each category will be announced by April 12, 2017.

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