Welcome to the Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Essay Contest!



“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

for Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Contests

The Jaffrey Civic Center wishes to give student contestants in our annual Martin Luther King Jr. contests public recognition of their work while respecting parental concerns for privacy.

Places where student information may appear include the Jaffrey Civic Center website, Facebook, press releases, exhibits and the Martin Luther King, Jr Day event and printed program.

Student information that may be used includes name, grade, name of school or if home-schooled, town of residence; created work such as writing, art, photography, voice and/or video recording; and photograph with or without name.

Please print and sign this Parental Release Form and use one of the following options to submit it:

– mail or drop off to the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main St., Jaffrey NH 03452

– email a scan or image of the signed form to MLKJaffrey@gmail.com

Release forms should be returned by the contest deadline to assure your participation.


Eligibility All high school age students in Jaffrey and Rindge.

Essays In an essay of up to 500 words explore what your dream would be for society today. Suggestion: listen to Dr. King’s stirring “I Have A Dream” speech of August 28, 1963 or read the text of the speech.

Judging criteria Relevance to the theme; originality and organization of thought; creativity of expression; correct grammar, usage, spelling and punctuation.

Notification and awards Winners will be notified prior to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018 and invited to read their essays at Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. on January 15, 2018, where they will also receive certificates and cash prizes.

2018 MLK Student Exhibit All student essays will be exhibited in the MLK Student Exhibit at the Jaffrey Civic Center in January 2018.

Submit Your Original Essays

Simply email your essays to MLKJaffrey@gmail.com with the Subject: “Submitted Original Essay” and include your name, grade, contact phone, and parent’s name and contact phone, as well as this Parental Release Form if not already provided.

Deadline and Submission: Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Winners announced at Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Jan. 15, 5pm.

All essays and posters exhibited at the Jaffrey Civic Center Student MLK Exhibit January 2018

“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.

– Martin Luther King, Jr.

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