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Student Essay Contest Now Open!

Are you a Minnesota student in grades 3-5? Have you done something kind to make our community better? Tell us, and you could win great prizes and have your essay published in the Star Tribune!

Now in its seventh year, Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Star Tribune and U.S. Bank have once again partnered to host an essay contest to give kids the chance to share how they make a difference in the community.

This year’s theme is kindness, and we can’t wait to read the amazing things students have done! Students should write about the good they do in our community, giving examples of the kindness they have shown friends, family, neighbors or strangers and how that kindness supported, improved and impacted those around them.

Teachers, parents and community leaders are encouraged to invite students to participate in the contest.  Essays should be concise, personal and inspirational.

The first-place winner will receive a $500 gift card and nine runners-up will each receive a $100 gift card from U.S. Bank. The ten winning essayists will get to see their stories printed in the Star Tribune!


This contest is open to children in grades three through five. Submissions are welcome from families, community organizations and schools.

Essays should be less than 100 words and follow the theme of “Kindness.”

Deadline: All essays must be received by 5 p.m. March 13.

To submit: email essay@gtcuw.org or mail to Greater Twin Cities United Way, Essay Contest, 404 S 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Essays should include the student’s name, age, grade, address, phone number and e-mail address. Essays will not be considered without contact information (contact information will not be published).

For more information call 612-340-7400.

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