Students in grades 2-12 who live within the boundaries of the Lakota Schools are invited to participate in a contest as part of the 2014 celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Day in West Chester and Liberty townships.
Next January marks the 15th anniversary of the community observance honoring Dr. King’s memory through the Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity program. The program will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 20, 2014, at the Cornerstone Church in West Chester Township.
Keynote speakers for the 2014 observance will be Elgin Card and Suzanna Davis, principals at Lakota West and Lakota East high schools respectively.
The contest will be based on a speech King gave at Western Michigan University Dec. 18, 1963. In that speech he said “..the time is always right to do right.”
Participants in the contest are being asked to answer one of two questions: How do you personally live out the motto ‘the time is always right to do right’ in order to help your fellow human beings experience acceptance, inclusion, respect, and equality? Give details of an example of how you have done or experienced this yourself.
The second question is: “How do I know or determine what is the right thing to do?”
Responses from students in junior and senior high school should be submitted in writing and be no longer than two minutes when read aloud.
Elementary students should respond through an artistic medium of their choice: drawings, posters, dioramas, mobiles or other project.
Groups including classes, troops or youth organizations may also enter the competition and may submit their response in a variety of means such as skits, songs, artwork or videos provided it can be presented in a two-minute time limit.
Posters may – but are not required to – include a written explanation of what is depicted. Presentations on compact discs or DVD’s should be done in IBM PC format.
The contest is open to students attending public, private or parochial schools along with those who are home schooled.
A $20 cash prize will be awarded to one entry in the following categories: elementary, junior high, high school, English as a Second Language and special education. A $50 grand prize will be awarded to the overall winner. All who enter will receive a certificate of participation.
Submissions will be on presented and on display during the Jan. 20, 2014 evening program at Live the Dream: Our Declaration of Unity Celebration at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Liberty Township.
The deadline for entries is 4 p.m., Dec. 2. They can be turned in to any Lakota elementary, junior or senior high school; as well as the West Chester or Liberty Township administration buildings.