2016 ESSAY contest
for grades 4–8

The Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance for
diverse students in grade 4–8 to share their personal stories and show how they use Jackie Robinson's values to face their own barriers.
Contest Deadline: March 14, 2016


Great Prizes Include:

Grades 4–6 Grand Prize:

  • Trip to the 2016 MLB®All-Star Game®

Grades 7–9 Grand Prize:

  • Trip to a game of
    the 2016 MLB®
    World Series®
There are TWO ways to enter:

2015 Grand Prize Winner
Malcolm Venable of New Orleans, LA,
with Rob Manfred, Commissioner of
MLB, and Sharon Robinson

  • Laptop computer for each winner!
  • Class visit from Sharon Robinson,
    daughter of Jackie Robinson
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There are TWO ways to enter:

By Mail:

Download the contest entry form and submit by mail.
The 2016 Breaking Barriers Contest is now closed for entries.


Online entries can ONLY be submitted by teachers.
Teachers can visit scholastic.com/breakingbarriers/teachers
for more info.
The 2016 Breaking Barriers Contest is now closed for entries.
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RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. All students who are legal residents of, and currently reside in, the U.S., D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec) and who are currently enrolled in grades 4–9 are eligible to enter, except for those who have family members employed by Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., Scholastic Inc., and other related companies (see the Official Rules for a complete listing). All entries must be written in English. Visit www.scholastic.com/breakingbarriers for complete Official Rules and restrictions. All prospective winners and their respective parents/legal guardians will be required to sign, notarize, and return an affidavit of eligibility/release of liability within ten (10) days of date of notification or an alternate winner may be selected. In the event of prize unavailability, a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded as determined by the sole discretion of MLB. No cash substitutions for prizes. Prizes are nontransferable. ERV of Prizes: Grand Prize ($7,659.70); MPV ($4,859.70); All-Star ($2,159.70).
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