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8 th ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. POSTER AND ESSAY CONTEST (K-12 th GRADES)

GUIDELINES AND RULES

In planning for the 8 th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Celebration, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion in

partnership with the Montgomery County-Radford City-Floyd County branch of the NAACP will sponsor a poster and

essay contest for local schools. Students in grades K-12 within Montgomery, Floyd, Giles, Pulaski, and Roanoke

counties, Radford and Roanoke cities, as well as independent/private schools and other schools in the surrounding

area are encouraged to participate.

2013 THEME

Commemorating the March on Washington, D.C.: Leading Social Change 50 Years Later.

GUIDELINES FOR EDUCATORS/PARENTS:

The purpose of the Poster and Essay Contest is to challenge high students to think critically about Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr.’s legacy and develop goals that illustrate how they will help others within their communities. Dr. King and

many other leaders in the American Civil Rights Movement served as role models for achieving equality through

means of civility. Several notable historical figures such as Mohandas Gandhi, Henry David Thoreau, Ernest

Hemmingway, John F. Kennedy, and Leo Tolstoy also shared in Dr. King’s philosophy of advocating methods for

nonviolent social change.

In our current society, students from a variety of backgrounds are often faced with intimidating or seemingly

inescapable conditions each day. Using Dr. King’s approach, how would you demonstrate nonviolence or

civility if confronted with a similar type of situation? Please feel free to share effective ways in which you either

overcame or could encourage others who may face bullying, harassment, peer pressure, various types of abuse, or

any other major challenges, etc.

(Participants may refer to any relevant literature on the topics of civil disobedience or nonviolent social resistance as

resources for their entries.)

For additional information about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., please visit The King Center or

the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. (http://www.mlkmemorial.org/) websites

prior to having students begin their project.

RULES

1. An entry form must be completed and attached to the submission.

a. Poster submission instructions

i. Use pencils, crayons, paints, markers or colored pencils. NO PRE-FABRICATED IMAGES

(no magazine cut-outs or clip art). Original art only.

ii. Posters should not be larger than 12” x 18”.

iii. Judging criteria will include: originality, creativity, relevance to the theme, and personal

perspective.

b. Essay submission instructions

i. Essays submission is open to the following:

5 th – 8 th

9 th – 12 th

ii. The essay should be typed and double spaced although neatly written essays will be

accepted.

iii. Essays should be no longer than four pages, and should include a bibliography on a separate

page for reference materials used to support the essay.

iv. The essay must refer to the theme and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy.

v. Judging criteria will include: originality, creativity, relevance to the theme/essay question, and

personal perspective.


DEADLINE

The submission deadline is Friday, November 9, 2012. All entries must either be delivered or sent by mail to the

following address:

Virginia Tech

Office for Diversity & Inclusion

ATTN: MLK Poster and Essay Contest

460 Turner Street, Suite 301 (0708)

Blacksburg, VA 24061

vtmlk@vt.edu

PRIZES

Three winners will be determined per category and will receive the following:

First

Second

Third

$50 Gift Card

$35 Gift Card

$25 Gift Card

NOTIFICATION OF WINNERS

Winners will be by notified by letter, and invited to the MLK Community Brunch on Monday, January 21, 2013, where

they will be recognized. The breakfast will be held on the Virginia Tech campus.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Anti-Defamation League K-12 Diversity and Anti-Bullying in the Curriculum Resources and Programs

http://regions.adl.org/las-vegas/programs/no-place-for-hate.html

The King Center (includes The Principles for Non-Violent Change)

http://www.thekingcenter.org/ProgServices/Default.aspx

Martin Luther King at Virginia Tech

http://www.diversity.vt.edu/

SOL Information pertaining to MLK

Kindergarten SOL-MLK Pages 13 - 29 Section # National Symbols and American Holidays

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/scope_sequence/history_socialscience_scope_sequence/2001/scopeseq

_histsoc_k.pdf

Grades K – 3 MLK Pages 6-9

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/blueprints/history_socialscience_blueprints/2008/blueprints_history3.pdf

Grade 3 SOL – MLK SOL Instruction Tracking Form

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/alternative_assessments/vgla_va_grade_level_alt/optional_forms/tracking_for

ms/grade3/history.pdf

Grade 5 SOL – MLK Pages 6 – 8 His Truth Is Marching On

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/released_tests/2001/test01_reading5.pdf

Grades K-12 - The Standards & SOL-based Instructional Resources

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/index.shtml

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/history_socialscience/index.shtml

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/testing/sol/standards_docs/english/index.shtml

If you have any questions or need any further information,

please contact our office via email at vtmlk@vt.edu, or by phone at (540) 231-1403.


8 th ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. POSTER AND ESSAY CONTEST

ENTRY FORM

Due Date: Friday November 9, 2012

(Complete each portion of the entry form. Please provide clearly printed and accurate information, which will be used for the certificates.)

Grade: ____________

Student Name (first, last):________________________________________________________________________

Parent/Student Address (including city, state & zip):

_____________________________________________________________________________________________

Parent/Student Phone Number: (_______) ____________________

Parent E-mail: ___________________________________________

Student Email: ___________________________________________

I voluntarily agree to participate in this contest with the understanding that all posters and essays submitted will

become the property of Virginia Tech and may be used for publications, websites, research, and/or displayed

throughout the community. Submissions will not be returned.

Student name:__________________________________

Student signature:________________________________

Parent/Guardian name: ___________________________ Parent/Guardian signature:_________________________

School: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Address (include city, state & zip):

_____________________________________________________________________

Student’s Teacher: _____________________________________________________________________________

Teacher’s Phone Number: (_______) _______________________________________________________________

Teacher’s Email: _______________________________________________________________________________

Teacher’s Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________

A copy of this form must be submitted with the poster or essay.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office for Diversity and Inclusion at:

Email: vtmlk@vt.edu or Phone: (540) 231-1403

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