Courage in My Community Essay Contest

If you haven’t heard about our annual essay contest, Courage in My Community, we’d like to let you know about this opportunity to reinforce the writing skills of your middle school students and an opportunity to win Kurzweil 3000 and other prizes.

We are pleased to once again collaborate with The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, Inc. to sponsor an essay contest open to students in grades 5 – 8 in North America. This essay contest encourages students to explore the meaning of courage in their world while gaining valuable reading, writing, reflection, and critical-thinking skills.

Students can write about whatever challenges they face—family issues, bullying, or emotional or social issues. This is a non-traditional contest in that we aren’t necessarily looking for the most well-written essay, but for the essay that best reflects the child’s understanding of the nature of courage and how it is manifested in his or her life or community.

The winning school receives a half-day training on The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum, one Kurzweil 3000 license, and a half-day training on Kurzweil 3000. The winning teacher will receive a Kindle 3G and the winning student gets their own copy of Kurzweil 3000 plus an iPod Touch. All of these prizes will be presented at a special award ceremony at the student’s school.

This contest can be implemented as a one-day activity or a semester-long unit or theme. Participation in this contest and all materials are free of charge and doesn’t require the use of any special software or systems.

Complete rules and more information are available at If you have any questions, you can send them to We hope you and your students will take advantage of this opportunity!

Debby Frohbieter

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