2019 BREAKING BARRIERS ESSAY CONTEST



FOR GRADES 4–9


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Each year April 15 marks the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball in 1947. Honoring this important event, the Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is a chance for diverse students of all backgrounds in grades 4–9 to share their personal stories about how they use Jackie Robinson’s nine values to face their own barriers.
Contest Deadline: March 14, 2019
Click here for last year’s 2018 National Winners.

HOW TO ENTER

1. Student Assignment

Write an essay about a barrier that you have faced.
Explain how you used one or more of Jackie Robinson’s Nine Values to face this barrier:
• Citizenship   • Commitment   • Courage   • Determination   • Excellence   • Integrity   • Justice   • Persistence   • Teamwork

2. Required Information

The following information must be included on each essay in order to be eligible: • student’s name   • student’s grade   • teacher’s name   • school name   • school city and state

3. Submit entries in one of several ways:

(Click on the ‘ES’ buttons for the Spanish-language versions.)


Mail

Mail Entries to:
Breaking Barriers Contest
Scholastic Inc.
P.O. Box 713
New York, NY 10013-0713

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Email

Teachers (grades 4–9) and grade 9 students may email entries to
breakingbarriers
@scholastic.com
.

EMAILES

Upload Online

Grade 4–8 Students:
Teachers can upload student entries online. Grades 4–8 students are not allowed to upload entries directly.

GRS 4–8 UPLOADES

Grade 9 Students:
Teachers or students can upload entries directly online.

GR 9 UPLOADES

• All entries must be submitted by March 14, 2019.
• Limit one entry per student. All essays must be factual and based on the student’s real-life experience.
Fictional stories will be disqualified.
Word Count Requirements:
  Grades 4–6: 200 to 750 words     Grades 7–9: 500 to 1,400 words  


JUDGING CRITERIAOFFICIAL RULES ES

For further information required in connection with online entries, see Official Rules. Online entries will also be subject to the Scholastic.com Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


GREAT PRIZES

10 National Winners


Two (2) Grand Prize Winners

  • Grades 4–6: Trip to the 2019 MLB® All-Star Game®
  • Grades 7–9: Trip to a game of the 2019 MLB® World Series®
  • Student and teacher laptops
  • Class visit from Sharon Robinson, daughter of Jackie Robinson

Eight (8) MVP Winners

  • Student and teacher laptops

All 10 winners also receive a class set of books authored by Sharon Robinson as well as a class set of T-shirts.


WATCH

Jessie Quist, Cheyenne, WY, 2018 Grand Prize Winner, Grades 7–9



Selihom Kidane, Charlotte, NC, 2018 Grand Prize Winner, Grades 4–6




2019 WINNERS

To be announced APRIL 2019


CLASSROOM RESOURCES


Find turnkey lessons, printables, digital resources, and video extensions to teach students the values Jackie Robinson exhibited in his life, and how they can use values to break their own barriers.
Supports standards in language arts, social studies, and character education.


NEW ASSESSMENT TOOLS!   Up to 100 Teachers will each receive a $100 Gift Card Before and after teaching the lessons, have your students complete assessments. Submit the results for a chance to receive a $100 gift card (100 teacher winners will be selected). Assessment Tools


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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., Puerto Rico, 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). Entries accepted in English or Spanish. Visit scholastic.com/breakingbarriers/officialrules 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); MVP ($3,359.70).

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