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Gig Harbor Municipal Court in collaboration with the American Bar Association announce LAW DAY 2014 CONTEST!


This year’s theme …
American Democracy and the Rule of Law -- Why Every Vote Matters
One of our most cherished national ideals, expressed eloquently by Abraham Lincoln, is “government of the people, by the people, for the people.”  It is a principle enshrined in our Nation’s founding documents, from the Declaration of Independence’s assurance that governments derive their powers from the consent of the governed, to the opening three words of the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution, “We the People.”

The right to vote is the very foundation of government by the people.  For this reason, striving to establish and protect every citizen’s right to vote has been a central theme of American legal and civic history. Much of the struggle on voting rights began decades ago, but the work is far from complete, and a citizen’s right to cast a ballot remains at risk today.  As we approach the 50th anniversaries of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 2014 Law Day theme, American Democracy and the Rule of Law -- Why Every Vote Matters, calls on every American to reflect on the importance of a citizen’s right to vote and the challenges we still face in ensuring that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in our democracy.




EASY ESSAY CONTEST

Gig Harbor Students (each grade 6-12) can win a $100 Cash Prize!

Essays will be judged based on creativity, thoughtfulness, knowledge of the topic, and writing skills.  (One entry per student.)  Write up to 300 words or less in answer to the question below:

Grades 6-8  "I have one voice.  I will use it to..."
Grades 9-12  "What are some of the greatest voting challenges that you think America is facing today?"



POSTER CONTEST

Gig Harbor Students (each grade K-12) can win a $100 Cash Prize!

Posters will be judged based on originality, creativity, and message conveyed.  Computer imaging is not allowed.  (One entry per student.)  Create your poster no larger than 8 1/2 x 11-inches based on the question below:

Grades K-5
 "If you were President of the United States, what change would you make?"
Grades 6-8
 "I have one voice.  I will use it to ..."
Grades 9-12
 "What are some of the greatest voting challenges that you think America is facing today?"



DUE DATE

NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014 -- 4:30 PM

Deliver entries to:

Gig Harbor Municipal Court
3510 Grandview Street
Gig Harbor
(253) 851-7808

or

Boys and Girls Club
8502 Skansie Avenue
Gig Harbor
(253) 502-4670




PLEASE INCLUDE:




ALL ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED
at the GIG HARBOR CIVIC CENTER from APRIL 14 to APRIL 30

Entries will be displayed in the Gig Harbor Civic Center located at 3510 Grandview Street.  Winning entries will be announced on Wednesday, April 30th at Gig Harbor Municipal Court's LAW DAY CEREMONY from 6 to 7pm.  Students, parents, family, friends, and the public are invited!




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