It’s time for the 2014 Rotary Read2Me Essay Contest.
In this writing competition, the Rotary Club of Franklin, along with Read2Me and The Macon County News, challenge young writers to address the topic of leadership. The goal of the contest is to encourage young people to gain an understanding of what leadership means and how it should be applied in their lives, both now and when they become adults. It is also to help our young writers recognize that there are both good leaders and bad leaders, and that not all leaders have the same leadership style, or ways of doing things.
Each year the contest receives a new theme and a panel of local Rotarians judge the essays according to persuasiveness, original thought, content, grammar and presentation. Three first-place winners will be selected from each division (Grades 3-4, Grades 5-6, Grades 7-8). Cash prizes will be awarded to the first and second place winners from each division, as well as to the submitting teacher for each winner.
Some students may be non-cash winners and receive an honorable mention. All winners, including honorable mention students, will be asked to participate in the Rotary Club presentation of awards and given an opportunity to invite their parents or guardians to the Rotary presentation and read their essay to the Rotary Club. Winners will be notified as to the date and time of the awards presentation.
The first place winners in each grade category will also have their essays published in The Macon County News.
The theme of this year’s essay, Leadership, provides teachers an opportunity to communicate values and character lessons to their students, and to encourage teachers to incorporate modern events into classroom teaching, showing the correlation between leadership and change, leadership and help in crisis, leadership and standing firm on personal values. Rotary Club and the Read2Me program are committed to the idea that leadership qualities are basic building blocks to our community spirit, and to our nation’s ethics.
Entries are due on March 21.
Entries should be turned in to the main office at Macon Middle School, or may be dropped off at the law offices of Karen L. Kenney at Jones, Key, Melvin & Patton, P.A., located at 61 E Main Street in Franklin (next door to Wells Fargo). The deadline of March 21, will extend to 5:30 p.m. on that day if you drop the entries off at the law firm. Otherwise, the close of the school day on March 21, will be the drop-off deadline.
A Read2Me or Rotary representative will pick up the entries on March 22. Entries will be graded within three weeks, and winners announced in April 2014.