DTC to hold Bicentennial essay contest, Lions Club hosts blood drive, shred day …

Bicentennial Essay Contest

In honor of Monroe’s Bicentennial, The Monroe Democratic Town Committee is holding its first annual essay contest. It’s open to all high school students in the town of Monroe.

Participants will choose one of the following prompts and write an essay of no more than 800 words in response. The winner will receive a $500 award donated by committee member, Domenic Paniccia, at the May 27 Bicentennial Picnic at Wolfe Park. The second place winner will receive a $200 award and also be recognized at the event.

Submissions should be submitted by May 15 at MonroeDTC.EssayContest@gmail.com. Those who don’t receive a confirmation email within 48 hours of receipt, should resubmit their entry.

Use the Essay Contest Rubric to verify that it’s a strong entry. It will be read by multiple readers using a blind format, so only list your name on a separate cover page that is not part of the word count. The winnerwill be notified by May 22 and should be able to attend the picnic on the May 27.

Prompt 1:

As Monroe prepares to celebrate its bicentennial, use this essay to express what patriotism means to you. What are a couple examples of patriotic acts you have witnessed and/or studied? How are they representative of the values of this country? Draw from the U.S. Constitution to construct at least part of your argument.

Prompt 2:

As Monroe prepares to celebrate its bicentennial, do you think patriotism has the same meaning today that it did for our Founding Fathers and their generation? If not, how has it changed? Explain your answer using examples and drawing from the U.S. Constitution to construct part of your argument.

The Essay Contest Committee is led by Debbie Malewicki and Chrissy Martinez.

Monroe Lions blood drive

The Monroe Lions Club is hosting a Spring Blood Drive at Monroe Congregational Church, 34 Church St., from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 3. Be sure to eat a good breakfast before donating.

Paper Shredding fundraiser

The Monroe Lions Club will host a Paper Shredding fundraiser in the Rite Aid pharmacy parking lot, 435 Main St., from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 29, rain or shine.

Shred documents in a standard computer paper box, 18x10x11, can be shredded for a $10 donation. There is a $15 donation for larger boxes.

For information, call Len Berger at 203-339-1097.

Art for Advocacy

The Center for Family Justice Campus Advocacy presents Art for Advocacy, a traveling art exhibit created by survivors and allies.

The exhibit will be on display at the Beacon Hall events center at Housatonic Community College, 900 Lafayette Blvd., Bridgeport, on April 24, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free parking is available in the campus garage.

The free event is open to the public. Aside from the art exhibit, it will feature a keynote speaker, a meeting with the artists and networking with community allies. Light refreshments will be included.

To submit your own artwork, send an email to [email protected] or send a DM on Instagram, @cfjcampusadvocacy.

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