Essay contest offers cash prizes

The “Be There” essay contest offers cash prizes from $25 to $100 to the winners. All seventh through tenth-graders can participate by writing a 500 to 1000 word essay about a family member who has “been there” for them, according to Ginny Gleason, the K-12 Parent Involvement Resource Teacher in the Brevard County school district. Gleason said the contest was created five years ago to inspire families to get more involved in their child’s education.

“One of the main themes in the campaign is to encourage making ordinary moments become extraordinary when families relate to their children during everyday moments,” Gleason said via e-mail. “We have had moving stories written by many students.”

English II Honors teacher Jeanie Griffin said West Shore students have a good chance of winning the contest — if they have the time to participate with all their other homework.

“When West Shore enters, West Shore wins,” Griffin said. “The tenth-graders at West Shore can do that elaboration business better than anyone.”

The essay must include proper use of conventions, elaboration and specific details. See your English teacher for due dates.

By Jenna Forry