Writing about Place: A Contest for Hudson Valley Students

Hyde Park, NY – Each year Teaching the Hudson Valley (THV) invites children and teens, grades K-12, to tell us about places in the Hudson Valley that have special meaning for them. Key information is provided below. See the full release and sample photos at http://www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/media-releases/writingcontest-2016/ 
Eligibility. Students who live and/or attend school in the 11-county Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area including Westchester, Ulster, Saratoga, Rockland, Rensselaer, Putnam, Orange, Greene, Dutchess, Columbia, and Albany counties are eligible. Work should be completed during the summer or fall of 2016 and submitted by midnight, Monday, November 7.
What to write. Students in grades K-4 are asked to write about a museum, historic site, or park in their community or elsewhere in the Hudson Valley. Older students may choose one of two prompts designed to provoke more complex thinking and writing.  www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/prompts2016/.
Awards. All submissions will be considered for publication on THV’s blog. The classes of three students – one each from grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 – will receive up to $900 to cover transportation and admission fees so they can share their place with classmates. Students who want to compete for prizes, must write about places that have cultural, historic, or natural significance; are open to the public regularly, and are owned or managed by a not-for-profit or government entity.
Evaluation. Readers will look for evocation of place, a lively style, and use of conventions appropriate to each student’s age and development. Submissions will be read by teachers and staff from museums, historic sites, NYS DEC’s Estuary Program, and the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College.
Additional information. Parents, teachers or others with questions regarding Writing about Place may get get guidelines, information about prizes, and other details at www.teachingthehudsonvalley.org/writingoverview2016. For additional questions contact THV at 845-229-9116, ext. 2035, or email info@teachingthehudsonvalley.org.

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