CLF Announces Spring 2017 Essay Contest and Encourages Students to find Common Ground

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) announces its annual Kid’s Corner Spring 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 how they identify with the main character and their life.

The book choices by grade level are as follows:

Grades 3-5

– Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
– Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’dell

Grades 6-8

– Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
– The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

High School

– Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
– A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith


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 Spring Essay Contest is finding common ground.

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 2017 Spring Essay Contest is intended to motivate and inspire students of all ages to consider different perspectives than our own. Often, common ground can be found between individuals even when it seems there isn’t any to find.

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 May 1, 2017. Entries must include writer’s name, grade, email, school and school’s address.

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