Just for Kids 14
Christmas essay project for children returns
By Patricia Kasten
Compass Associate Editor
Each year, The Compass asks children, in fifth grade and under, to take part in our "Just for Kids" Christmas essay project.
This is the 14th annual "Just for Kids" project. Each year, we hear from individual children, Catholic school classes and students in religious education programs from around the diocese.
For the 14th annual "Just for Kids," we ask children to reflect on the tragic events of Sept. 11 and to answer these questions:
Many children lost parents, other relatives and friends in the terrorist attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. It will be a very different Christmas for them, and for all Americans. What Christmas message would you want to share with those children? What do you want all Americans -- the fearful, the sad, the angry -- to remember during this Christmas season? Is there something we can be grateful about this holiday season?
Due to space limitations, essays should be kept under 50 words. While this is not an art contest, entrants may include illustrations with the essays.
Entries should include each child's name, address, age, school, parish, and grade in school. (Classes are welcome to submit collections of essays. Please make certain each child's full name and age is on each group of essays, as well as the teacher's name since we often receive several entries from one school.)
Send entries to "Just for Kids," attn. Pat Kasten, c/o The Compass, P.O. Box 23825, Green Bay WI 54305-3825. Entries must be received by Dec. 3 to be considered for publication in the Christmas issue. (While we will edit for space, we will print all the essays on the diocesan web site: www.gbdioc.org.)
All entrants will receive a prize from The Compass some time after the New Year. Be creative and compassionate. We look forward to hearing from you.