The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) Kid’s Corner is hosting a special “National Bullying Prevention Month” Essay Contest to encourage kids to read and improve their understanding of the effects bullying.

Students in grades 3-12 attending a public or private school in the U.S. are invited to participate in the contest. To enter, students must read a book listed under their corresponding grade level and tell CLF through their essay how they can relate to a character in the story.

Winning essay-writers will receive $1,000 for his or her school library and a Kindle Fire for themselves.

“Bullying is something that can have a big impact on people’s lives and many of us experience it either ourselves or have a friend who has been bullied,” said Kyra Citron, director of Kid’s Corner. “To participate in Bullying Prevention Month, we encourage kids to read these books and share how they can relate to the characters. If we have a better understanding of how others feel, we can all help prevent bullying in our own communities.”

Reading for grades 3-5 includes:

  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli
  • Middle School (#1) by James Patterson

Reading for grades 6-8 includes:

  • Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

Reading for high school students includes:

  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  • Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl

CLF’s Kid’s Corner strives to encourage kids not only have a voice, but a role in helping better their community. Kid’s Corner is run by kids for kids, placing the power of change directly in their capable hands. Every child is invited to join with CLF and become a grant maker by telling the organization which non-profit organizations are important to them and how CLF can help.

Eligible students must be in grades 3-12 in the 2014 school year. Essays must be typed and emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 15, 2014. More information is available at www.charleslafitte.org/kids-corner

 

About The Charles Lafitte Foundation 

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The Foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research & issues, and the arts. The Foundation underwrites programs that can become self-sustaining with long-term commitment and measurable impact.  In determining grants, CLF looks for solutions that lead to independence and self-empowerment for individuals, and to the establishment of effective, long-standing programs and organizations. For more information about the Charles Lafitte Foundation visit www.charleslafitte.org.