The Riverhead Project recently held an Essay Writing Contest which was open to all high school students in the country. The theme of the competition is this: “Saving our rivers for future generations” and the participants are encouraged to join in the said competition to contribute what they can to the organization’s drive for better awareness on the subject.
From the 300 participating schools, there will be 1 entry allowed per category per school. The editorial board of The Riverhead Project will judge the entries based on the following criteria: Relevance 50%, Originality 30%, Impact Appeal 20%. Because of the high number of entries, the judging committee will need a week to g through all the essays and give scores for each.
Once a winner is selected, the announcement will be made on this website. Do watch out for this, and we will keep you posted on any developments.
The top prize winner will receive $1000 in cash plus a certificate of participation. The second placer will receive $500 in cash plus a certificate as well, while the third best essay will get a prize of $250 and a certificate. An amount with the same equivalent will be given to the school being represented by the winning students. The awarding ceremonies will be announced at a later date.
The objective of this program is to raise awareness in environmental issues like climate change and we should involve the youth because it is they who will bear the backlash of this weather phenomenon. As early as now, they should be made aware of the possible consequences they will be facing if the situation is not remedied soon.
The Riverhead Project, through its CEO Tim Folger made an appeal to the schools around the country to include environmental issues in the current school curriculum. This issue is a major player which could make or break our society’s future. “We feel that the kids need to know what’s in store for them in the near future. We hope that this would stir up in them their civic duties to help even in their own simple ways, like proper waste disposal or recycling school items and repurposing stuff at home. These steps may seem trivial but collectively done, will have a positive impact in our environment,” says Folger.
“With the help of school authorities, and with simple awareness campaigns like this, we hope to curb the effects of climate change and hopefully reverse its effects, if it’s not yet too late to do so,” Folger concludes.