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What Does It Mean To Be Civically Engaged? Students tell in writing contest


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  • Bobbie O'Boyle/Arizona Educational Foundation

Polly Rosenbaum, A Former Arizona State Representative And Teacher Who Passed Away In 2003 At The Age Of 104. Photo Courtesy Arizona Educational Foundation

The Arizona Educational Foundation  announced the 2016 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest prompt: “What Does It Mean to Be Civically Engaged?”

The creative writing contest is open to students in grades 7 through 12. Entries are judged in three age categories: 7th/8th Grade; 9th/10th Grade; and 11th/12th Grade.

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Bobbie O’Boyle, executive director of the Arizona Educational Foundation, top row left, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan, top row center, and 2015 Arizona Teacher of the Year John-David Bowman, top right, with students who took part in the Arizona Educational Foundation’s Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest. Photo courtesy Arizona Educational Foundation

Every participant receives a letter of commendation and a commemorative pen.

First, second and third place winners in each of the three age categories are invited for lunch and a ceremony in February on Statehood Day at the State Capitol in Phoenix. They receive an award certificate and are invited to read their winning essays aloud.

In addition, first place winners receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate; second place winners receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate and third place winners receive a $15 Amazon gift certificate.

The criteria form can be downloaded here and the entry form can be downloaded here. Submissions must be coordinated by teachers.

Please note that all applications must be postmarked by Friday, December 18, 2015 and mailed to the Arizona Educational Foundation at 6155 E. Indian School Road, Suite 106, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

Winners will be recognized in front of their peers, community leaders, and their families at a Statehood Day ceremony and lunch at the State Capitol in February.

About the Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest

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Polly Rosenbaum, a former Arizona State Representative and teacher who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104. Photo courtesy Arizona Educational Foundation

The Polly Rosenbaum writing contest is named for former state representative and teacher, Polly Rosenbaum who passed away in 2003 at the age of 104. This writing contest is a long-standing tradition honoring Mrs. Rosenbaum, who believed Arizona’s young people are the state’s greatest resource.

Click here to learn more about the program and the Arizona Educational Foundation.

For more information, please contact the Arizona Educational Foundation at (480) 421-9376 or go to www.azedfoundation.org.