One of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball history was when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. In celebration of the anniversary of this momentous event, the Pittsburgh Pirates invited schools and organizations to participate in the Jackie Robinson Art, Essay and Poetry Contest.
The contest, which was open to students in grades three through eight in the greater Pittsburgh region, challenged students to express their thoughts creatively about Robinson's nine values for success in either piece of art, a poem or an essay. The contest was free to enter, simple for teachers, and could be tailored to meet educational requirements.
COURAGE, DETERMINATION, TEAMWORK, PERSISTENCE, INTEGRITY, CITIZENSHIP, JUSTICE, COMMITMENT AND EXCELLENCE.
Entries were divided into age categories to assure that each student was given a fair opportunity to win (i.e. grades 3-4, grades 5-6, and grades 7-8).
Students were asked to submit original work stapled to completed entry forms postmarked by Friday, March 21, 2014.
Winners will be honored during an on-field ceremony before the Pirates take on the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014.
For more information, please contact Chaz Kellem at 412-325-4731 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the schools represented are: Boyce Middle School, Brownsville Area Middle School, Burchfield Primary - Shaler Area, Central Elementary School, East Catholic, Economy Elementary, Founders Hall, McKinley/Lisbon Ohio School, Indiana Area Junior High, Myrtle Avenue Elementary, Pittsburgh Fulton Elementary, Pittsburgh West Liberty, Rogers Elementary School, Saint Alexis School, Shaler Area Middle School, South Fayette Middle School, State Street Elementary School, West Allegheny Middle School.