Monday, October 13, 2008

Celiac Disease Awareness Month Activity

The following is an excerpt from the CSA's Awareness Month Packet about awareness raising ideas for the Month of October. Looks like CSA is sponsoring a Student Essay contest with prizes. If you have a child with Celiac or are a student yourself, see below for more information. If you are a high school student, this could be good for your resume as you prepare to apply for college.

Celebrate! Share your Celiac triumphs!
Plan now to enter the CSA Student Essay Contest!

Students are offered the opportunity to celebrate their triumphs over Celiac disease through an essay contest. Students from K through college are invited to write an essay on the theme, Celebrating My Triumph over Celiac Disease.” The contest is open to students diagnosed with Celiac disease or students who are members of a family dealing with Celiac disease. The essay should be either written in ink or typed and approximately 500 words or less.

In the right hand corner include:
• Name
• Address
• City
• State
• Phone number
• Parent/Guardian Name
CSA local chapter name/number
• School
• Grade
• Age (if under 21)
• Entry date

The essay will be evaluated on the six traits of writing: voice, ideas, word choice, organization, sentence fluency and conventions. It should include an introduction, topic development, support and structure. Awards and prizes will be given in appropriate divisions including grades K-4/elementary, 5-8/middle school, 9-12/high school, and college. With permission, winning essays will be printed in Lifeline and on the CSA website.

The essays will be judged by a panel from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Nebraska Affiliate-the Nebraska English Language Arts Council (NELAC) and CSA staff. All essays will become the property of CSA; submission of an essay constitutes permission for use by CSA. Entries will be accepted at any time until the contest closes on December 1. Winners will be notified and announced in CSA publications and on the website.

Mail essays to:
CSA Student Essay Contest 2007
PO Box 31700
Omaha, NE 68131-0700

Email essays to:
Please let me know if you enter and good luck!


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