ESSAY CONTEST OPEN TO STUDENTS WORKS TO RESPOND TO KING QUOTATIONS.Byline: Daily News
LANCASTER - Youngsters in third grade through high school have been invited to participate in the city's annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest.
Winners in three grade categories will each read their winning essays at the city's King commemoration Jan. 16 at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center A performing arts center, often abbreviated PAC, is a multi-use performance space that can be adapted for use by various types of the performing arts, including dance, music and theatre. .
The winner in the third-to-fifth-grade category will receive a trip to Disneyland. The winners in the middle school and high school categories will receive computers.
The essay contest is open to students enrolled in public or private Lancaster schools.
The essays are expected to respond to three different quotations from King.
Third-, fourth- and fifth-graders are asked to write about King's statement: ``I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.'' The children are asked to write 100 to 150 words about whether they think they live in the nation that King dreamed of, and why or why not.
Sixth-, seventh- and eighth- graders are asked to write about King's 1963 statement: ``We will have to repent re·pent 1
v. re·pent·ed, re·pent·ing, re·pents
1. To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.
2. in this generation not merely for the hateful hate·ful
1. Eliciting or deserving hatred.
2. Feeling or showing hatred; malevolent.
hateful·ly adv. words and actions of the bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.'' Their essays are to be 200 to 250 words about why it is as bad to stay silent and listen as it is to say hateful words to others.
High school students are to write about King's statement: ``The hope of a secure and livable liv·a·ble also live·a·ble
1. Suitable to live in; habitable: a livable dwelling.
2. Possible to bear; endurable: livable trials and tribulations. world lies with disciplined nonconformists nonconformists, in religion, those who refuse to conform to the requirements (in doctrine or discipline) of an established church. The term is applied especially to Protestant dissenters from the Church of England. who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.'' High school students are asked to write 300 to 400 words about how the remark is relevant today.
Essays must be submitted by Dec. 8.
Essays must be addressed: Lancaster City Hall, Attention: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest, 44933 Fern Ave AVE Avenue
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Each essay must must contain the student's name, home phone number, school, teacher and grade.
Essays become city property and may be reprinted in newspapers or displayed on the city's Web site.
The contest is sponsored by Pepsi Cola Co., Lancaster West Rotary Rotary can refer to:
For more information, call (661) 723-6053.