Students asked to write essay on gun violence

The Interested Citizens for Voter Registration Inc. — Arkansas’ lead affiliate with the National Alliance of Faith and Justice Pen or Pencil: Writing A New History initiative — encourages middle and high school students in the Pine Bluff area to write essays on gun violence.

The essay theme is: “From Non-violence to No Violence — Using Words not Weapons to Solve Problems.”

Students should include their name, grade and a contact number.

Sixth- through eighth-grade students’ essays should be 250 words. Ninth- through 12th-grade students’ essays should be 500 words. All essays should be typed and double-spaced.

Students not following directions will be disqualified.

Essays will be judge on: neatness, adherence to theme, clarity, organization, development of ideas, creativity and grammar. Essays should be postmarked by or delivered to the ICVR office at 2315 S. Olive St. by 5 p.m. Monday, April 29.

Winners in grades six through eight will receive: first place — $50; second place — $35; third place — $20.

Winners in grades nine through 12 will receive: first place — $50; second place — $35; third place — $20.

All winners will be announced and prizes awarded on Saturday, May 4, at the Civic Center Complex following the Children’s March Against Gun Violence.