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WHAT WILL YOU RUN FOR? STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST WHAT WILL YOU RUN FOR? STUDENT ESSAY CONTEST

GRADES 7-12

Deadline: March 29, 2020

With a chance to win prizes that will help them achieve the change they envision, the
What Will You Run For? Student Essay Contest will inspire students in grades 7–12 to take civics into the real world by researching and creating a plan to improve their own community.

Students
Can Win
$1,000
Grants!

Student Assignment & Rubric

Students will find a local issue or cause that they would like to address in their community. Then they will identify one of three roles—mayor, city council, or state legislature—they would run for to effect change. In a 2- to 3-page essay, students will tell us:

  • What local cause or issue has inspired them to take action?
  • Why is this local cause or issue important to them and/or their community?
  • Once they win, what is a realistic goal of something they would like to achieve that will help address their cause or issue?
  • Interacting with members of both local and state government and their community, how would they use their position to rally support and achieve their goal?
  • to achieve that will help address their cause or issue?
  • Interacting with members of both local and state government and their community, how would they use their position to rally support and achieve their goal?

Download entry form for more information.

DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM & RUBRIC

Great Prizes!

STUDENT GRAND PRIZE

  • $1,000 Grant and Laptop

3 Winners—Grades 7–8

3 Winners—Grades 9–12

TEACHER GRAND PRIZE

  • $500 Gift Card

3 Winners—Grades 7–8

3 Winners—Grades 9–12

Winners will be announced on or around May 6, 2020.

How to Enter

For All Teachers

Submit your students’ entries online (click button below) or by mail.

Mail entries to: Scholastic Inc.
What Will You Run For? Contest
ATTN: SNP, Space 3-226
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
Entries must be postmarked by March 29, 2020, and received by April 13, 2020.

ENTER ONLINE

For High School Teachers

High school students can also submit entries on their own!

Simply direct your students to: scholastic.com/CreateChange/9-12

Alternatively, students can also mail entries to the address at left.

Official Rules. Need help? Email us or call 1-800-Scholastic (1-800-724-6527).

CONTEST RULES: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. All students who are residents of, and currently reside in, the U.S. and D.C., and who are currently enrolled in grades 7–12 are eligible to enter, except for those who have family members employed by Levi Strauss & Co., Generation Citizen, or Scholastic Inc. and other related companies (see the Official Rules for a complete listing). Entries accepted in English only. Entry period: 12:01 a.m. ET on 10/28/19 to 11:59 p.m. ET on 3/29/20. Visit scholastic.com /createchange/officialrules for complete Official Rules and restrictions. In the event of prize unavailability, a prize of equal or greater value will be awarded as determined by the sole discretion of Levi Strauss & Co. and Generation Citizen. No cash substitutions for prizes. Prizes are nontransferable. ARV of Prizes: Student Prize ($1,500); Teacher Prize ($500).

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