Dayton Human Relations Council

Essay Contest to Boost Self-Esteem of Young Girls

Release Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014
Contact:  Erica Fields, Human Relations Council, 937-333-1403

In collaboration with The Dayton Human Relations Council, Women of Wisdom (W.O.W.) is sponsoring the “I Rock Because I’m Pretty” essay contest. The contest serves to challenge young girls’ perception of physical attractiveness by promoting a culture of diversity and inclusion. Teachers and parents are asked to encourage student participation and have their essays submitted by the February 11 deadline.

The contest is open to female students enrolled in third grade through high school in Montgomery County. A panel of judges selected by W.O.W. and the Dayton Human Relations Council will score the essays based on authentic idea development, critical thinking, and adherence to the topic.

“Coming from young women of various environments, backgrounds and cultures, this essay contest seeks to provide an opportunity for them to share their unique experiences and change society’s perception of what it means to be pretty,” said Erica Fields, Administrator of Special Projects and Community Relations with the Human Relations Council.

One winner will be selected from each of the three age categories: third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and high school. The three winners will receive a customized shirt and be honored at the Dayton Human Relations Council’s 2014 “Speak, Be Heard, Be Considered” reception on April 24.

Those wishing to participate can submit the entry form and essay to Women of Wisdom Dayton (W.O.W Dayton), P.O. Box 3047 Dayton, OH 45401 or  Entries must be received by 5:00pm on February 11. Winners will be announced on March 11.

For more information on the “I Rock Because I’m Pretty” essay contest, please contact the Dayton Human Relations Council at 937-333-1403.

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