Charles Lafitte Foundation Announces Summer 2017 Essay Contest

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) announces its annual Kid’s Corner Summer Essay Contest.

Students in grades 3-12 attending a public or private school in the U.S. are invited to participate. To enter, students must read one of the books listed under their upcoming grade level and tell Charles Lafitte what the life lesson in the story is and how that lesson helped them to understand themselves better. In addition, students are asked to write about how they plan to apply their new knowledge to their own life.

 The book choices by grade level are as follows:

Grades 3-5

– Savvy by Ingrid Law
– The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

 Grades 6-8

– One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
– Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

 High School

– A List of Cages by Robin Roe
– The Memory Book by Lara Avery


To help encourage students of all ages to read and learn, CLF and Kids Corner host essay contests throughout the year.

The winner of the contest will receive $1,000 for their school library and a personal Kindle for themselves. The topic of the 2017 Summer Contest is Understanding Ourselves.

“Reading expands our minds and helps us understand ourselves better. Understanding ourselves and forming our own thoughts and opinions on life experiences and situations is critical to leading a successful and healthy life,” says Kyra Citron, Director of Kid’s Corner. “We are excited to read about how these book choices helped our readers reflect on themselves and how they plan to apply these life lessons to their own lives.”

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 believes reading makes a huge difference and impact on the lives of children and works to foster a lifelong love of reading.

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.

Entries must be typed and submitted by August 31, 2017. Entries must include writer’s name, grade, email, school and school’s address.

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