Responding to the question: 1Billion Hungry in the World—What’s Your Role? just might win a lucky middle or high school student the trip of a lifetime. The District’s social studies teachers have received information about the essay and art contest being sponsored by the Istanbul Center and other cultural and business organizations throughout Florida and the southeast region of the U.S. However Istanbul Center Director Huseyin Peker said the original deadline for entries has been extended to Friday, February 10. “We’ve had such an enthusiastic response with interest from so many teachers and individuals who work with young people that we felt the need to allow a little more time for everyone to get their work to us,” he stated.
The art category is expected to draw submissions of drawings, paintings, collages, photography, and graphic design. Those writing essays should submit a true story, a narrative, or an informative or persuasive essay. Competition organizers have taken care to include core competencies such as creative problem-solving, critical thinking, written and verbal expression through Language Arts; creative expression through Visual Arts, and other Interdisciplinary Studies dimensions.Specific details about the competition are available at www.artessay.org.
Winners are selected from the Southeastern region of the U.S. (including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee) and from Florida alone. First place winners of the Southeast region competition receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Turkey for 10 days for the student, sponsoring teachers, and the district superintendent. Other awards will also be presented.
First place winners from South Florida will receive an expense-paid trip to Turkey—with the exception of airfare to and from Istanbul– for themselves, their sponsoring teacher, and the district superintendent. In addition, a $200 gift card will be awarded to the winning student and a $100 gift card will be awarded to the student’s teacher.
The mission of the Istanbul Center includes contribute to solving educational, cultural, environmental, social, and humanitarian issues and to world peace through showcasing the Turkish culture and creating opportunities to build bridges between cultures. Educators, students, and their families are invited to Visit Turkey in Fort Lauderdale next month. The Sixth Annual Florida Turkish Festival is on the calendar for Saturday February 18 from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.and Sunday, February 19 from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. Festivities take place downtown at Huizenga Plaza on Las Olas Boulevard in Forth Lauderdale. Admission is $5.00 covering both days with no charge for children 12 and younger.
For more details about the contest or the festival, contact Mr. Peker at 305-406-3336 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.