At a time when the public’s approval of many politicians is at an all-time low, the group Shasta County Citizens for Democracy (SCCD) wants us to remember there are some good ideas and programs that come out of Washington, DC and Sacramento.
The organization is sponsoring an essay writing contest for local high school students entitled, “Tell us some of the positive aspects of our democracy.” The winner will receive $250, as well as the opportunity to read their essay in public.
“Today we hear so many negative reports and comments about our Government,” said Christine Mitchell, Chair of the SCCD.
“This contest will help students to realize that our Government can be a force for good, not just on the local level but also nationally.”
As examples, she points out that over the last 75 years, Social Security has lifted many elderly Americans out of poverty. There has also been the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Civil Rights Act.
Students can write one to four pages on a standard size sheet of paper, but the essay must be typed and double-spaced. All entries must be original works and be submitted to Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org. A hard copy also has to be mailed to her at 1077 Eagle Nest Road, Redding, CA 96003.
The deadline is February 15, and the essay should include the student’s name, address, email address, the name of their school, and their current grade level.
-from press release