Children’s Essay Contest Brings the Importance of Manners into Question

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Young writers, nationwide, are invited to share their vision of a country free of violence and indecency toward one another. In brief essay format consisting of no more than 250 words, children are asked to address two questions: What would my country look like if everyone were polite? And, what are some ways I can use manners and polite behavior to help change the world? The contest winner will be rewarded with publication of their essay in the Goops Unlimited fall release, Goops Tales.

The importance of teaching manners and polite behavior are falling by the wayside in many family homes across the country. The children’s publishing company, Goops Unlimited, feels the continued lack of education on manners will lead to more youth violence and juvenile delinquency.

Goops Unlimited has taken the initiative to bring manners and polite behavior back to the forefront of national concern. This spring, April 2006, the publishing company is introducing an essay contest targeted toward youth ages 8-12. The essay contest is titled, “How Manners and Polite Behavior Will Change the World.”

Young writers, nationwide, are invited to share their vision of a country free of violence and indecency toward one another. In brief essay format consisting of no more than 250 words, children are asked to address two questions: What would my country look like if everyone were polite? And, what are some ways I can use manners and polite behavior to help change the world? The contest winner will be rewarded with publication of their essay in the Goops Unlimited fall release, Goops Tales.

The contest deadline is September 15th, 2006. Entries may be mailed to: Goops Unlimited, P.O. Box 1809, Battle Ground, WA 98604, and must be postmarked no later than September 10th. Emailed submissions will also be accepted. For more information, go to http://www.thegoops.com.

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