Missouri NEA, Missouri Bar, Missouri Press Association Sponsor Essay Contest

The Missouri NEA, the Missouri Bar and the Missouri Press Association challenge students in grades four through 12 to put their writing and thinking to the test in the annual Law Day Essay Contest.
This year’s essay prompt is: “Celebrating the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal to bar people of any race from eating at a restaurant, staying at a motel, or sitting anywhere in a movie theater.  Why is this law considered one of the most important laws ever passed in our nation? Are there still ways we discriminate against people in our nation?
Students will compete in three categories, grades 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
The first-place winner in each category receives $300, second-place winners receive $200, and third-place winners receive $150. Statewide awards will be presented May 9 at a banquet in Jefferson City.
All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 3, 2014. For contest entry forms and other details, visit www. mnea.org/Missouri/Contests1/1.aspx.
Entries should be no longer than 700 words and will be judged on general appearance, structure, content, creativity and originality.
The 35,000-member MNEA represents teachers, education support professionals, college faculty, retired teachers and students studying to be teachers in school districts and on college campuses throughout the state. It is the Missouri affiliate of the 3.2 million-member NEA.