Sixth-graders from Morris County public, private and parochial schools will express their views on prejudice in entries for the 2013 diversity contest, "What Prejudice Means to Me," sponsored by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), West Morris Section (www.ncjwwestmorris.org).
The contest, which is conducted in conjunction with the observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in January, is designed to complement class lessons on reducing prejudice and gaining an appreciation of social diversity. The deadline for entries is Feb. 8.
Students' original entries are submitted either in written form—including poetry, essays, short plays, short stories, or library research—or as works of art, such as drawings, paintings or photographs. Entries are judged on originality, clarity, development of theme, and emotional content.
Topics addressed in the contest entries are prejudices based on age, disability, ethnicity, family lifestyle, gender, health problems, the Holocaust, physical appearance, race and religion.
The contest is ideal for the sixth grade because, at that age, children are becoming more aware of and developing greater insight into all types of prejudice. The contest, which is held in memory of Amy Rotberg Mintz and Helen Weiss, also dovetails nicely with the sixth-grade curriculum.
An awards reception, honoring the Grand Prize winners, the Outstanding Award winners, and those receiving Honorable Mention, will be held in May.
The National Council of Jewish Women is a volunteer organization, inspired by Jewish values, that works through a program of research, education, advocacy and community service to improve the quality of life for women, children and families, and strives to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all.
For further information about NCJW, West Morris, or the diversity contest, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.