The Educare Foundation, the campaign and the Columbia High School English Language Arts Department is supporting an essay contest for ninth-graders around the theme of human behavior.
Essay writers are asked to consider the following quote and assignment:
“To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” — William Shakespeare, Hamlet
The assignment is to answer the questions: What is the most powerful motivator of one’s actions? Essayists must plan and write an essay in which they develop their point of view on this issue, and support their position with reasons and examples taken from reading, studies, experience, or observations.
The prizes are $300 for first place, $150 for second place, and $50 for third place. Winners will be determined by their ability to write a thoughtful essay that promotes social action for the education of the poor and/or elimination of poverty, according to the contest flier.
Final essays should be submitted to the high school English teachers on Tuesday.
The Educare Foundation, which is based in Short Hills, is a non-profit orgazation focused on educating poor children in India.
The organization is trying to branch out with the essay contest and help students in the United States as well, President Naresh Jain said.
Jain said he hopes the essay would inspire students into feeling compassion and taking action to help others.
To learn more about Educare Foundation, visit its website or e-mail email@example.com.
To learn more about the Maplewood is Kind Campaign, visit its website.