The annual competition that inspires students to write essays about topics relating to responsible pet ownership is now under way. Now in its eighth year, the Arlington Animal Essay Contest is open to all students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6 who reside within the city limits of Arlington. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23.Last year, the contest drew 547 entries. The top three winners in each grade level receive U.S. Savings Bonds. First-place winners are awarded $500, second-place winners $350, and third-place winners $150.Winners will be formally recognized at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, during the Regular Meeting of the Arlington City Council in the Council Chamber.Essays must not exceed 500 words. Submissions will be judged on the elements of effective writing and must be written on the topic assigned by grade level:
- Grade 3 Essay Topic: If animals could talk, what would they say?
- Grade 4 Essay Topic: What feelings do you think animals have?
- Grade 5 Essay Topic: What are some ways that you can make life better for animals in your community?
- Grade 6 Essay Topic: How do animals benefit us in our daily lives?
This year’s contest is sponsored by the City of Arlington Community Services Department/Animal Services Division and District 2 City Council member Sheri Capehart in partnership with Time Warner Communications and the Star-Telegram.For more information, view essay contest guidelines at www.ArlingtonTx.gov/animals or call Animal Services Manager Chris Huff at 817-459-5898 or e-mail Chrishandra.Huff@ArlingtonTx.gov.