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Writing contest to promote Year of Unity

This fall, school districts across the state will be invited to participate in the Year of Unity Writing Contest. The contest is for 4th and 11th grade students.

In February, Gov. Mike Rounds proclaimed 2010 a “Year of Unity” in South Dakota. The proclamation was made to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Year of Reconciliation, which was announced by then Gov. George Mickelson as a means to bring all races together.

The Department of Education and its partner Prairie Edge Trading Company in Rapid City have joined forces to create the Year of Unity Writing Contest.

Students in districts that choose to participate will be asked to write an essay, short story, poem, speech or other text that describes a message of unity for people of all cultures living in South Dakota. The winning entries from each district – one at 4th grade and one at 11th – will be submitted for the statewide contest.

Three statewide winners will be chosen at each grade level. They will be announced in October.

Watch for more information to come!