(Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2016)—To push back against stereotyping,
intolerance, racism and bullying, some of the hardest challenges children face
today, high school students across the region are being encouraged to write and
illustrate books that highlight diversity and inclusion.
B’nai B’rith International is pleased to announce a call for
submissions for the Diverse Minds Writing
Challenge, its signature tolerance education program that asks high school
students to write and illustrate a children’s book that teaches acceptance.
The contest, which is offered through the generous support
of Atlantic City Electric, is available to students in southern New Jersey.
Atlantic City Electric is proud to serve as a program partner because of the
company’s commitment to inclusion and education and the belief in B’nai
The Challenge is
proudly celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. In the last nine
years, B’nai B’rith has published 29 original children’s books, awarded more
than $250,000 in college scholarships and grants, and donated more than 35,000
books to public schools, libraries and community organizations across the
The winning student, or team of students, will not only earn
the prestige of becoming a published author, but will also secure a $5,000
college scholarship. The book will also be accessible in an e-book format and
available on iTunes as a free download.
Students are eligible to participate if they are enrolled
in grades nine through 12 in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May,
Cumberland, Gloucester, Ocean and Salem county public schools; or
enrolled in private, charter or independent schools within those counties. The deadline for contest submissions is
March 11, 2016.
The second-place winner will earn a $2,000 college
scholarship, and the third-place winner will receive $1,000 in financial aid
for college. The teacher who oversees the winning entry will secure a $1,000
grant, and the school of the first-place winning student receives a $500 grant.
A diverse panel of judges from the worlds of education, the
arts, business and government, along with B’nai B’rith International leaders,
will review the entries and select the winners. Previous judging panel members
have included Vince Maione, region president of Atlantic City Electric; Raymond Yannuzzi, president of Camden County College; Frank
X. Balles, sheriff of Atlantic County; Albert B. Kelly, mayor for the City of Bridgeton; Barbara A. Wallace, mayor for
the Township of Washington; Mildred Peretti, professor at Stockton University;
and Fola Adebi, executive director of the Wow! Science Camp.
B’nai B’rith created this education and awareness program to
promote tolerance and communicate a message of equality among all races, ages
and genders, and it is our hope that this educational initiative will encourage
our future leaders to be more accepting of one other’s differences.
Atlantic City Electric
City Electric, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM),
provides safe, reliable and affordable regulated electric delivery services to
more than 545,000 customers in southern New Jersey. (www.atlanticcityelectric.com)
International, the Global Voice of the Jewish Community, is the most widely
known Jewish humanitarian, human rights and advocacy organization. B’nai B’rith works to aid the victims of
disaster; improves the lives of senior citizens through housing and advocacy;
promotes health initiatives and education; provides youth leadership training;
serves community members in need; and fights intolerance around the world. B’nai B’rith…since 1843. Visit www.bnaibrith.org.