GALEO Extends the Deadline for the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:  Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director, jerry@galeo.org, 678.691.1086.

 

(Atlanta, Georgia) – February 15, 2018 – The GALEO Leadership Council has announced the extended deadline for the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Essay Contest.   The new deadline is Saturday, February 24th

The intention of the contest is to increase awareness of the continual plight of farm workers and their contributions to America while honoring civil rights legend Cesar Chavez.

Chavez’s leadership was critical to organizing farm workers and founding what is today known as the United Farm Workers union. Chavez remains one of the foremost Latino leaders in American history. His birthday is recognized as a state holiday in California, Colorado and Texas, and GALEO supports the movement to create a national holiday in honor of Chavez.

High school students and adults residing in the state of Georgia are encouraged to participate and submit their essays for entree in one of three categories. Categories include:

  • Adult category (essays submitted in Spanish or English)
  • High school student category (essays submitted in Spanish or English)
  • ESOL high school student category (essays submitted in English by ESOL students)

Deadline for submissions is now February 24, 2018. All eligible entries received by the deadline will be judged equally on the following criteria: clarity of message, creativity, accuracy of content, potential to draw attention to policies which improve the lives of farm workers, and conventions of writing an essay. The 1st place winners will read their winning essays at the Georgia State Capitol on Friday, March 30 2018 at our 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony.

 

Visit www.galeo.org/cesarchavez2018extended for official rules and regulations, and entry form that must accompany essay entries.

Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category. They include the following:

ADULT WINNER PRIZES:

    • 1st place:  $200 Amazon Gift Card
    • 2nd place:  $50 Amazon Gift Card
    • 3rd place:  $25 American Express Gift Card

HIGH SCHOOL WINNER PRIZES:

    • 1st place:  $200 Amazon Gift Card
    • 2nd place:  $50 Amazon Gift Card
    • 3rd place:  $25 American Express Gift Card

ESOL HIGH SCHOOL WINNER PRIZES

    • 1st place:  $200 Amazon Gift Card
    • 2nd place:  $50 Amazon Gift Card
    • 3rd place:  $25 American Express Gift Card

Prizes were provided by the generous support of GALEO members and the Georgia Power Company.

“Cesar Chavez is an American hero and we want Georgians to learn more about his legacy,” said Jerry Gonzalez, Executive Director of GALEO.  “This contest helps educate students and adults alike and brings attention to the importance of farmworkers in our state,” he added.

Join GALEO at the 11th Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. The Cesar Chavez Essay contest and Annual Cesar Chavez Ceremony at the Georgia State Capitol is coordinated and led by the GALEO Leadership Council. The GALEO Leadership Council is comprised of alumni of the GALEO Institute for Leadership and GALEO members statewide.

Click here for the OFFICIAL ENTRY FORM that must accompany any essay.

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