‘The Teacher Who Changed My Life’ Essay Contest Announced

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    The Atlanta Daily World is partnering with New America Media (NAM) and other media outlets in Atlanta to promote an essay contest on teachers.

    Teens and adults are invited to write a short essay (a maximum of 500 words) describing the teacher who changed their life or the life of their child. Tell us: Who is this remarkable person? Did this person mentor you, open your mind to a subject that became your passion, help you in a personal crisis?

    The contest deadline is Feb 4, all mail-in entries must be postmarked by then. All entries are subject to the contest’s Official Rules which are listed at http://www.atlantadailyworld.com.

    All contestants must reside in the city of Atlanta or surrounding counties. Participants can only enter one of the following categories:

    1) Teenagers between 14 to 18 years old; Write about a teacher, who is not your relative, who teaches in public or private school in the city of Atlanta or surrounding counties.

    2) Adults 19 years of age and older; Write about a teacher, who is not your relative, who teaches in public or private school in the city of Atlanta or surrounding counties who have changed your life or the life of your child.

    3) Teachers in Memory; Write about a teacher, who is not your relative, who might have passed away or lost contact with, or a teacher who taught you in your home country.

    Essay writers are invited to write up to 500 words in English or in the writer’s native language. In-language submissions will be translated prior to final judging. Essays should be sent via email or regular mail, along with the entry form.

    Visit http://www.atlantadailyworld.com to fill out an entry form.

    Distinguished educators, journalists, scholars and advocates will select a winner from each category. Judges will look for evidence that the teacher opened up a new pathway of knowledge or opportunity for the student that he or she had previously not been aware of, or that the teacher inspired or fostered a love of learning. We are looking for real life examples and expect the entries will help us expand our definition of what a “great teacher” is.

    Winners in the “Teenager” and “Adult” categories will each receive a cash award of $500 and the teachers profiled will also receive an award of $500. Winner in “Teacher In Memory” will have the honor to pick a local public school in Atlanta or surrounding counties to donate a $500 check made by NAM.

    A special presentation of the awards will be held in Atlanta in February. Winning essays will be published by NAM and participating media outlets.

    FOR ENTRY FORM & OFFICIAL RULES, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.atlantadailyworld.com

    TO JOIN, PLEASE EMAIL OR MAIL YOUR ESSAY AND YOUR ENTRY FORM TO: Editor@Atlantadailyworld.com or Teacher Essay, Atlanta Daily World, 3485 N. Desert Drive Suite 109, Atlanta, GA 30344

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