LaSata announces ‘MI COVID-19 HERO’ essay contest

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Kim LaSata announced on Monday a new writing contest open to all schoolchildren in the 21st Senate District who want to submit an essay honoring the sacrifices and heroism of Southwest Michigan’s health care and service workers during the battle against the coronavirus.

“The MI COVID-19 HERO essay contest is a great opportunity for students to exhibit their talents and celebrate the people in their lives who have sacrificed to ensure the health and safety of Southwest Michigan residents,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “Tough times call for tougher people, from doctors and nurses to religious leaders, community volunteers and grocery workers — so many from our communities have stepped up to answer the call to service. I look forward to reading our students’ essays about these modern-day heroes.”

The contest is open today through 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30 for all K-12 students residing in the district. One winner will be chosen from among grades K-5 and 6-12 entries, respectively. Winners will be announced Monday, Nov. 9.

Only electronic submissions will be accepted, and the essays should be emailed to [email protected].

All submissions should include the name, grade and hometown of the participant, as well as a parent’s or guardian’s name and phone number.

Questions about the contest should be directed to the above email address or by phone at 517-373-6960.