Essay Contest Open for Hispanic Heritage Month

POTTSTOWN PA – The sixth annual Hispanic Heritage Month Writing Contest conducted by Central Cultural Latinos Unidos Inc., 301 King St., is now open to all Pottstown area students in grades 3-12.

As contestants, they’re being asked to write an essay in either English or Spanish on the month’s 2021 theme: “Esperanza: The Journey of Your Past is the Hope for Your Future.” Essays must be submitted to Central Cultural Latinos Unidos by the close of business on April 15 (2022; Friday). Winners will be announced on Cinquo De Mayo (May 5, 2022).

Contest age categories, and suggested essay lengths for each, are:

  • 3rd and 4th graders: 100 to 150 words;
  • 5th and 6th graders: 150 to 200 words;
  • 6th to 8th graders: 200 to 250 words;
  • 9th to 12th grades: 250 to 300 words.

A $100 first-place prize, and $25 second-place prize, will be awarded in each category. Contestants must include an original title, first name, last name, address, and phone number. Essays must be mailed with parental permission to Central Cultural Latinos Unidos (CCLU), 301 King St., Pottstown PA 19464.

The theme was selected by members, associates, and partners in or affiliated with the National Council of Hispanic Employment Program Managers. The general public also had a say through a voting process that started during February 2021 with 22 theme submissions.

Centro Cultural Latinos Unidos is the only Pottstown-based non-profit organization serving the needs of the Spanish speaking population in the greater Pottstown area. Its mission is to bridge American and Latino cultures, and connect families with needed educational, recreational, legal, and health services.

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