• Readers Needed for WNJ’s 4th Annual Martin Luther King Essay Contest

Martin Luther King DayIn connection with 2009 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP is sponsoring the Fourth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Essay Contest. The contest, which is open to all sixth grade students within the Grand Rapids Public School District, encourages students to think about how Dr. King’s legacy of peace and justice applies to the world in which they live.

We need volunteers from the law firm to read and rank the entries between December 22 and January 5.  Each essay will be about 200 words long.  We will divide the essays up so that no one has to spend more than two hours reading essays over the two week period.  Readers will be asked to select the top 5 essays they read.  We will provide you with a rubric supplied by the Grand Rapids Public Schools to help you evaluate the entries.

The essays will be scanned so we can send them to you electronically to print or read online.  This makes it convenient for members of the firm in any office to participate. 

 If you would be willing to help, email Rodney Martin or Robin Keith.

All contest winners, including honorable mentions, and their parents will be acknowledged at the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Community Peace Program on January 19, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. (following the Community Peace March), and again at the Annual Celebration Program that evening at 6:30 p.m. Both events will be held at the Grand Rapids Community College Gerald R. Ford Fieldhouse.  The authors of the winning essay will be invited to read their essays his/her essay at both programs.  Warner Norcross & Judd will present the contest winners with prizes and certificates at the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education meeting the evening of Monday, February 2, 2009.