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Inspirational Messages of Peace Contest

Plaque of %22The Eternal Flame%22 poem by Natalia Celis, 7th Grade GCA student
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Guidelines and Special Notes

Students, Kindergarten - 11th grade may participate in the contest by writing a short, poetic Message of Peace, 35 words or less, about Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King or the special meaning of the World Peace Rose Garden. Poems over the word limit will not be eligible for judging. Words with one or two letters will not be counted when summing the number of words.

Each message must be TYPED and have a TITLE, the STUDENT’S NAME, GRADE and SCHOOL. Messages/Poems need to be submitted in English.

Designated judges will pick the Top 8 messages and submit them on the school’s behalf.

Judges from International World Peace Rose Gardens and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta, Georgia, will pick the top winner(s) from the finalists. The winner(s) will be announced on April 3, 2020.

The winning message(s) will be engraved on a plaque and placed in the World Peace Rose Gardens and the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park for one year from the unveiling ceremony date.

The Winning Student(s) will be invited to attend the celebration at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park on May 14, 2020, 12:30 p.m. They will be asked to read their messages and unveil their plaques during the ceremony. Principals, teachers, family members of winning students and fellow Top Finalists are encouraged to support them by also attending the event.

The Winners and Finalists will be awarded t-shirts and certificates and each school will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Poetry entries are DUE BY: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Contest Entry form

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Questions?  Contact Tonette Price

Tonette Price

Tonette Price

Community Partnerships Manager
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