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Councilwoman Hamilton, LMPD sponsor student art, essay/ poetry and rap contest; Theme focuses on stopping violence in the community

Thursday October 20, 2005

Media Release
For Immediate Release

For Information Contact
Jennifer F. Brislin

Patrick H. Neely

Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton, Louisville Police Chief Robert White and the District 5 Neighborhood Advisory Committee are inviting District 5 students to put their ideas to pen, prose or spoken word for stopping violence in the community.

The District 5 Art, Essay/ Poetry or Rap Contest is open to all K-12 students in public and private schools in the district, as well as students who live in the district but attend school elsewhere in the city. Students are encouraged to draw, write or rap their solutions to the theme, "How I Think We Can Stop the Violence in the Community."

"We are all affected by the senseless violence in our community, but perhaps no one more so than our children," Hamilton said. "This is an effort to include our young people in helping to address the crisis of violence, and allow them to creatively and positively express their ideas for possible solutions."

Winners will be selected in each of the three categories from each participating school. First place winners will receive $300, with second place winners receiving $150 and third place winners receiving $50. In addition, the school submitting the most entries will receive $500 for its Family Resource Center to purchase educational materials, and all first place winners will be entered in a drawing for the grand prize of a personal home computer and printer. All second and third place winners will be entered in a drawing to receive gift certificates from local businesses and popular area attractions.

Winners will be announced and drawings conducted at the District 5 Holiday Reception, to be held Friday, Dec. 16 at the Shawnee Golf Course Clubhouse where the art will be displayed and the winning essays and raps read by the students. Winners will also be recognized at a Metro Council meeting.

Contest guidelines and entry forms can be obtained from students' neighborhood school, community center, library, 1st and 2nd Police Division headquarters or Councilwoman Hamilton's office, and returned to her at 601 West Jefferson Street, City Hall, Third floor, 40202, or faxed to 574-2560 by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.

All entries must be submitted for judging to Councilwoman Hamilton's office by 5 p.m., Dec. 7.

For more information on the contest, contact Councilwoman Hamilton's office at 574-1105.


Cheri Bryant Hamilton (D)  5