2013 Essay Contest Submissions

How do you LIVE UNITED?

Hey kids, what can you do to make our community better?

Students in grades 3-5 should write about what they have done to make their families, neighborhoods, classrooms and communities better, giving examples of what they have done to be supportive of others, to improve their neighborhood or the environment or fight homelessness, hunger and discrimination.

Greater Twin Cities United Way, Star Tribune and U.S. Bank have teamed up for the fifth year to sponsor this annual essay contest that gives children a chance to write about how they LIVE UNITED and make a positive impact in our community.

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

Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 winning essayists and their stories published in the Star Tribune.

The Details

What: An essay contest for children in grades 3-5. Submissions are welcome from families, community organizations and schools. (Teachers, please send only the top five per class.) Must include name, age, grade, address, phone number and email address.

Theme: Essays should be no more than 100 words and must incorporate the LIVE UNITED theme.

Deadline: Essays must be received by Friday, October 10.

Submit: Email essays to essay@gtcuw.org or send via postal mail to:
Greater Twin Cities United Way, Essay Contest
404 S. 8th St., Minneapolis, MN 55404.

Winners: The first-place winner will receive a $500 Visa gift card from U.S. Bank. The nine runners-up will each receive a $100 Visa gift card. All 10 winners will have their essays published in the Variety section of the Star Tribune on Monday, November 17.

More info: Call United Way at 612-340-7400.