SPRINGFIELD — Senator Eric P. Lesser sent a letter Friday to high school principals in the First Hampden and Hampshire District announcing his first annual essay contest for high school students and calling for student submissions.
In 300-500 words students are asked to describe a community issue and an idea they have to fix it.
The deadline for submission is April 21, 2017 and essays can be submitted electronically to Sen. Lesser’s District Director, Joel McAuliffe, at Joel.McAuliffe@masenate.gov.
Winners will receive a classroom visit by Sen. Lesser, a citation from the Massachusetts State Senate, and a State House tour.
The contest is an effort to promote and teach our young people about the civic process, Sen. Lesser writes in the letter.
“My hope is that, in an era of increased cynicism and frustration with the political process, this will energize our young people and help them understand the power they have to make a difference in their community,” Sen. Lesser wrote.
Sen. Lesser has also introduced legislation to encourage school districts to implement news media literacy and civics education, which have been cut from school curricula in recent years.