(Open to Georgia high school students and adults)
Atlanta, Georgia) - November 15, 2016 - The GALEO Leadership Council has announced details for the 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest. The intention of the contest is to increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to our state of Georgia while also honoring civil rights legend, Cesar Chavez.
Chavez's leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers union. Chavez remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history. His birthday is recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas, and GALEO supports the movement to create a national holiday in honor of Chavez.
"Cesar Chavez is an American hero and we want Georgians to learn more about his legacy," said Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO. "This contest helps educate students and adults alike and brings attention to the importance of farmworkers in our state," he added.
High school students and adults residing in the state of Georgia are encouraged to participate and submit their essays for entree in one of three categories. Categories include:
• Adult category (essays submitted in Spanish or English)
• High school student category (essays submitted in Spanish or English)
• ESOL high school student category (essays submitted in English by ESOL students)
Deadline for submissions is February 13, 2017. All eligible entries received by the deadline will be judged equally on the following criteria: clarity of message, creativity, accuracy of content, potential to draw attention to policies which improve the lives of farm workers, and conventions of writing an essay.
The 1st place winners will read their winning essays at the Georgia State Capitol on Friday, March 31st 2017 at our 10th Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony. Additionally, the 1st place winners will be awarded gift cards from Amazon (High School and ESOL) and Best Buy (Adult) as prizes provided by the Georgia Power Company, in support of Cesar Chavez Essay Contest. Visit www.galeo.org for official rules and regulations.