Students Invited on Summer Reading Adventure in Foundation Essay Contest

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

ASBURY PARK, NJ – 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’ strengths and flaws come together to make the entire person.

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

“Reading allows kids to go on an adventure. There are no limits for our imagination or who we want to be,” said Kyra Citron, director of Kid’s Corner. “We can’t wait to receive this year’s thoughtful essays from talented kids across the country and read about the adventures they discovered through literature.”

Reading for grades 3-5 includes:

  • “Hatchet” by Gary Paulsen
  • “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler” by E.L. Konigsburg

Reading for grades 6-8 includes:

  • “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury
  • “Uglies” (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld

Reading for high school students includes:

  • “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
  • “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancey

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 2014. Essays must be typed and submitted by September 15, 2014.

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: educationchildren’s advocacymedical 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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