Planning for MLK, Jr. Day, 2018 in New Bedford

Fire up your laptop, break out the ballpoint or sharpen your pencils. Plans for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day are being announced – and #NBW3 – The Ward 3 Project’s Bethany Santos-Fauteux has the scoop on the celebration’s student essay contest.

Beth sits on the planning committee for MLK, Jr. Day 2018 in New Bedford. This week, she announced the news about the student essay contest on social media. Beth says, “I’m proud to be on a committee with such an amazing group of people including Marcelina Pina-Christian, Stella Rebeiro, and Laselle Hall – and can’t wait to read what the future leaders of New Bedford have to say!”

“This year’s theme is ‘Let Your Voice Lead the Change,’ and the essay question is ‘How can you use your voice to make a difference?'”

“Tell us when you did use your voice to make a change – or a time when you did not (but perhaps wish you did). What was the outcome?”

The student essay contest is open to children in a New Bedford school from grades 6 through 12. The top three essays will win cash prizes. The first place winner will get to read their essay during the Martin Luther King. Jr. Day Celebration at the First Unitarian Church, corner of Union and County Streets, on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 4:00 p.m.

The essay should be 350-400 words in length. Essays can be dropped off at the Department of Community Services in City Hall on William Street, or at your school’s administration office.

First place gets $100. Second, $75 and third, $50.

Call the Department of Community Services at 508-979-1464 for further information.

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