Summer Writing Contest | Palisades Branch Library
Just over one month remains to enter the 2021 Summer Writing Contest, hosted by the Pacific Palisades Library Association.
Open to students entering grades one through 12 who live or attend school within the city of Los Angeles, this year’s theme is “HELP!” Contest submissions, which must be received by September 8, will be judged on creativity, originality, effort, plot and theme.
Accepted entries include short stories, essays, non-fiction articles, scripts, monologues and poetry.
Prizes will be awarded in five categories, with first place taking home $250 to DIESEL, A Bookstore, second place winning $100 and third $50. Winning pieces will be read by actor judges in a ceremony sometime this fall.
For more information or to enter, visit friendsofpalilibrary.org/contest.
National Crayon Collection Month | Pacific Palisades
Crayon Collection, founded by Highlands resident Sheila Morovati with a mission to “inspire a commitment to environmental consciousness and the infusion of art education in underfunded schools,” is celebrating National Crayon Collection Month in August with a call to action for Palisadians and beyond.
“Our goal every August is to ensure that teachers are supported with classroom supplies and that all students have access to art,” the organization shared in an emailed statement. “Every year, teachers spend an average of $900 out-of-pocket on back-to-school supplies and these expenses are not reimbursed by their district.”
According to Crayon Collection, less than half of students from Title 1 schools and head start centers have access to art in the classroom.
Crayon Collection encouraged community members to start their own crayon collection or make a donation to its Art Education Fund to help sponsor new, first-in-class lesson plans. For more information or to participate, visit crayoncollection.org.
Emily Shane Foundation Fundraiser Campaign | Malibu
Malibu-based Emily Shane Foundation, founded by Ellen and Michel Shane to honor their late daughter’s legacy through the Successful Educational Achievement Program, will host a fundraising tabling event at Point Dume Village, located at 29169 Heathercliff Road/Emily Shane Way, on Saturday, August 7, and August 21 between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
For Shane’s birthday month, which is August, nonprofit 3 Heart Strings created bracelets unique to the foundation to be sold at events and online, with all proceeds benefiting the Emily Shane Foundation’s SEA Program. They will be available for purchase at the tabling events.
3 Heart Strings was formed in 2015 in Parkland, Florida, by three friends in middle and high school. The company makes and sells bracelets and accessories, as well as other products, with 100% of the net profits donated to a different chosen charity each month. In 2018, their bracelets helped raise $180,000 for the families of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, according to a statement from the Emily Shane Foundation.
For more information, visit emilyshane.org.
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