CLF Invites Students on Summer Reading Adventure with Foundation Essay Contest

National essay contest will award winners with $1,000 for their school library and a Kindle Fire

The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) is pleased to announce the return of its Kid’s Corner “Summer Reading Adventure” Essay Contest.

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 the characters’ experience changed them.

Winning essay-writers will receive a Kindle Fire and $1,000 for their school library.

“There’s no better time for a reading adventure like summer vacation, when kids have extra freedom to enjoy a good book over a long break from school and advance their reading skills at the same time”

– Kyra Citron, director of Kid’s Corner

“With an exciting selection of books at every grade level, we can’t wait to receive this year’s thoughtful essays from talented kids across the country.”

Reading for grades 3-5 includes:
  • Nightmares!” by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
  • “The Wishing Spell (The Land of Stories #1)” by Chris Colfer and Brandon Dorman
Reading for grades 6-8 includes:
  • “Echo” by Pam Muñoz Ryan
  • “The Screaming Staircase” (Lockwood & Co. #1) by Jonathan Stroud
Reading for high school students includes:
  • “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
  • “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel

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 September 2015. Essays must be typed and submitted by September 18, 2015.

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

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