Fair Housing Essay Contest

The Human Rights Commission is pleased to announce the 2018 J. Irwin Miller Art Contest and the BenjaminM. King Essay Contest. Each year we provide students with historical context and a foundation upon which they can express themselves by creating an original work of art or composition of an essay. This year’s theme is “Fair Housing for All.” Fair Housing is of particular relevance as this year marks the 50th anniversary of this momentous law signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

One winner will be selected for both contests in the following divisions: Division 1: Grades 5 — 6

Division 2: Grades 7 — 8

Division 3: Grades 9 — 12

Students are invited to enter the art contest or the essay contest or both.

A panel of volunteer judges will anonymously select the winning entries for both contests in each division. Winners will receive a $75 award, an award-winning book, and complimentary tickets to the Human Rights Commission’s Annual Dinner.

The deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 08, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. No entries will be accepted after that date.

Volunteer judges are also needed to judge the art and essay contests. Please contact the Human Rights Commission office by Friday, March 09, 2018, if you are interested in volunteering.

For more information visit our website www.columbus.in.gov/human-rights/art-essay- contest/or contact the office by phone at (812) 376-2532 or email at humanrights@columbus.in.gov.

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For Immediate Release: January 24, 2018

Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® (SMAR)
8440 Old Leonardtown Rd, Ste 211
Hughesville, MD  20637

(Hughesville, MD) – The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® (SMAR) is sponsoring two contests that involve children between kindergarten and twelfth grade. The goal is to raise awareness about Fair Housing among school children and citizens of Southern Maryland.

Fair Housing Art Contest - SMAR is seeking entries from students between kindergarten and twelfth grade. Winning illustrations will be chosen for a fair housing-themed publication published by Maryland REALTORS®.  The theme for the 2018 is "Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act."  Entries are judged locally where one winner will be chosen from each of these grade categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The three local winners are submitted to Maryland REALTORS®’ state competition.  The winners of the state competition are invited to a reception at the state house in Annapolis to meet the Governor. Entry deadline: February 15, 2018. [download criteria]

Essay Contest – Third grade students are invited to write an essay on the theme "What My Home Means to Me."  Essays are judged locally and six winners are selected. Entry deadline: March 30, 2018. [download criteria]

Winners of both contests will be notified in writing and invited along with their parents and teachers to a reception in May to receive certificates of recognition and a $50 prize. The reception is hosted by members of our Community Relations Committee at the REALTOR® Center in Hughesville.

The Southern Maryland Association of REALTORS® is a trade organization dedicated to serving its members and the wider Southern Maryland community. We advocate for private property rights and ensure the high ethical and professional standards established by the National Association of REALTORS® are adhered to by our members. We offer our members dispute resolution, education, training, career advancement, advocacy, professional networking, and performance recognition.


Hannah Sanders, Communications Director


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