WNC 4 Peace solicits creative submissions from area students

Announcement from WNC 4 Peace:

WNC 4 Peace, a partnership of peace makers in Western North Carolina, announces a contest in which students across Buncombe County, NC, can enter via their school’s creative works that promote the importance of peacemaking. There will be four “Winners” for Best Poem, Best Video, Best Artwork, and Best Essay on Peace .

Students’s creations will be featured on our website, wnc4peace.com.

Additionally the winning video and a video of the winning poem and essay being read plus winning artwork will be shown on International Peace Day at key websites throughout the world.

The School from which winning students submit their poem, video, artwork or essay will be given $100 checks from WNC 4 Peace. The $100 prizes will be presented to schools (or homeschooling associations) to encourage students there to enter, as well as helping schools provide resources for them to teach peace related skills.

WNC 4 Peace and our peacemaker partner groups will raise funds to support this important youth project.

We will invite Mountain Xpress and other local media to announce the competition and to also print the names of winning entries and their schools.

We are naming awards in honor of recently deceased local peace heroes:

  • Isaac Coleman, who died recently, and was founder of Read to Succeed and former Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the 1960s;
  • Judith Hallock, co-founder of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance and leader of previous local International Days of Peace;
  • Tony Bing, former leader of the Palestinian/Jewish Egalitarian Team (formerly called Western Carolinians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East), and
  • Ron Harayda, former chairman of Veterans of Peace Chapter 099 and host of their weekly WPVM radio program for years.

Deadline for submissions will be September 7, 2016. All entries should be sent to WNC 4 Peace wnc4peace@gmail.com . In the case of videos, send an email to the address above and give the name of the video, which has been uploaded to YouTube by the entrant. Artwork should be uploaded as a. PDF attachment and sent in an email to WNC 4 Peace. All students from elementary through high school are eligible to participate. Be sure all entries include entrant’s name, school, grade level, and contact information.

Two or Three local people will be selected and asked to judge for each category.Volunteers are welcome to step forward to be a judge for the four awards.

Winners will be announced in September for International Day of Peace. Details about the date and place to honor all entrants and winners will be announced at a later date. For more information, contact WNC 4 Peace wnc4peace@gmail.com, or call 828-378-0125.

About Able Allen
Able studied political science and history at Warren Wilson College. He enjoys travel, dance, games, theater, blacksmithing and the great outdoors. Follow me @AbleLAllen

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