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Haddonfield Human Relations Commission sponsors MLK Essay Contest

Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Haddonfield Human Relations Commission is sponsoring a contest for  Haddonfield residents in grades K through 12 to honor the life and legacy of Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Each student is asked to consider this quote from Dr. King:  

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: Only light can do that. Hate cannot drive  out hate: Only love can do that.” 

For Grades K- 5: Tell us about a person you know, you have learned about, or an  experience you have had that reflects the quote above and the impact it has on you.  Through art, writing, or poem, show how the person, experience, or event inspires you. Your submissions may be in drawing, art, a short paragraph, or a poem  format. 

For Grades 6 – 12: Tell us about a person or event that reflects the quote above  and has inspired you or had an impact on your life. Provide examples or quotes  which may be helpful to explain why this person/event inspires you.  

Contest Rules: 

  1. For grades K-5 your submission may be in drawing or art, a short paragraph, or poem format 
  2. For grades 6 – 12, your submission may be in essay or poem format. 3. Include your name, email, phone number, school, and grade on the submission. 4. Entries must be typed and double-spaced. Title your art, essay, or poem. 5. Only ONE (1) entry per student. Submission must be limited to one (1) page of  artwork or no more than 500 words. 
  3. By entering the contest, each student artist (parent/guardian) gives permission for the  Borough of Haddonfield to use images of the work, essay, or poem on the Borough’s  social media and website and share them with the press. 
  4. Entries are due Jan. 8, 2023, by midnight.  
  5. Email to: haddonfieldhumanrelations@gmail.com 

Awards will be presented at the 2023 Martin Luther King Day Community  Celebration at Borough Hall on Monday, Jan.16, 2023. A Peace March will  begin at 7 p.m., followed by the ceremonies.

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