That's the question at the heart of an upcoming essay contest for high school students, sponsored by VolunteerSquare and Patch.
The contest doesn't kick off until May 5, but we're so excited that we had to share the news now. Plus, we want to give high schoolers some time to get the creative juices flowing so they can craft the best possible essay.
This is the second year VolunteerSquare and Patch have partnered on the essay contest, to celebrate community service among our youth. Last year's contest drew about 70 submissions from high schoolers in public and private schools in a dozen Fairfield County towns.
This year, we're excited to expand the contest to even more towns — 18 in total. Of course, we still have awesome prizes for the winners, to give students a little added incentive. [See the flyer embedded with this article for details.]
The contest is open to students currently attending a public or private school within the following towns:
- New Canaan
The essays should tackle that question — What does community service mean to you? — in 500 words or less.
VolunteerSquare and its advisory board will judge essays as per the posted rules, and review them “blind,” with no knowledge of the gender, age, town or school involved in each submission. You can read the complete contest rules here.
Good luck to all the high schoolers out there and happy writing!