Elephant Aid International, an education and advocacy organization that focuses on improving the lives of elephants around the world, has announced its first-ever essay contest for students.
Elephant Aid International is headquartered in Attapulgus, Georgia – only a short 20 minute drive north of Quincy.
The goal of this essay contest is to introduce students to Bo – the first elephant to arrive at the organization’ Elephant Refuge North America (also located in Attapulgus) and the retirement lifestyle that Bo will lead at the refuge.
A former circus elephant, Bo will be residing on over 700 acres of untouched land, where he will be able to live ‘like an elephant’ without human interaction and limited human involvement.
The students who participate in Elephant Aid International’s essay contest will learn more about elephants and their habitats, as well as qualify for a chance to win prizes and become an Elephant Ambassador with the organization.
The essay contest will be divided into two age categories: Grades 3-5 will participate in the Level One contest, and grades 6-8 will participate in the Level Two contest.
Level One essay writers will be tasked with viewing videos and reading about Bo, before writing an essay on the following topic: “Pretend you are Bo, the elephant. You have just arrived at Elephant Refuge North America. Describe your first day. Be sure to use emotions, descriptions and facts.”
The Level One essay should be no more than 200 words.
Level Two essay writers will be tasked with viewing videos and reading about Bo, before writing an essay on the following topic: “Explain the advantages Bo will have living at Elephant Refuge North America. Be sure to use facts that explain how the environment is a positive habitat for an elephant like Bo.”
The Level Two essay should be no more than 300 words.
All information for the essay – such as videos and reading materials – can be found on Elephant Aid International’s website.
Each essay should be written in the student’s own words, although parents and teachers are allowed to assist with editing of the essay.
First place winners in both categories will receive $35 (Bo will soon be 35-years-old), as well as a winner’s certificate, a special t-shirt, a virtual visit with Bo, and an elephant ambassadorship.
Second place winners in both categories will receive a winner’s certificate, a special t-shirt, and an elephant ambassadorship.
Judging will be done by a panel of elephant-enthusiast judges, and judging will be based on content, accuracy, creativity, passion, and adherence to the topic.
All submissions must be sent in no later than midnight on January 22, 2022 (Bo’s birthday!) and should include the essay and required form.
For more information about the essay, how to submit your essay, more detailed rules, and information for teachers and parents, CLICK HERE.
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