The timing is perfect – Autumn’s arrived, school’s in full-swing, young learners and their teachers are settled in, eager to press on with the learning process. What’s needed at this hour is a challenge!
The Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers is at the ready, poised to challenge junior and senior high school students. The Alliance has just announced the second annual Leslie Reindl Peace Essay Contest. Guidelines and resources are ready to ignite the creative energies of peace-loving Minnesota youth!
Interested students will have an opportunity to think and write about one of these three questions:
- Unpacking cultural biases and creating a more inclusive society
- Developing one’s own peacemaking activity, or
- The Peace Literacy work of Captain Paul K. Chappell of Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.
The top three winners will be introduced and awarded scholarship prizes ($1,000, $750 and $500) at World Storytelling Day, March 21, 2017, at Landmark Center in Saint Paul.
More information on topics, guidelines and suggested resources, as well as contact information for classroom speakers, is now available. Entry deadline is February 28, 2017..
Leslie Reindl, for whom the contest is named, was a prominent Minnesota peace activist who died in 2014. The Peace Essay Contest reflects the efforts of her husband and fellow activist, Wilhelm Reindle whose goal it is to fulfill Leslie’s legacy by keeping alive the vision of a “true, universal, Peaceable Kingdom.”
Larry Johnson, coordinator of the Peace Essay Contest, reports – with pride – that the 2015 first award recipient, Northfield’s Lauren Wieber, “is using her award to fund a five month service project in the Dominican Republic.” In her essay, “Harmony” Lauren wrote this:
People everywhere have differing values and ideas, yet we can still co-exist. It is how we respond to differing opinions that sparks conflict….Harmony is cooperation, sympathy, and fellowship. It’s a way to approach and respond to conflict…something which can also accentuate and remind us of the beauty of all the different people of the world.
Questions? Contact Larry Johnson, firstname.lastname@example.org or Box 27314, Golden Valley, MN 55427.