November 21, 2017

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Listen to a Life Essay Contest Now Open

Listen to a Life Essay ContestWhat student isn’t intrigued by time travel? The annual Listen to a Life Essay Contest gives kids a chance to travel through time and learn about the past, while discovering a direction for their own future. The contest also helps build critical 21st-century skills. Now in its 13th year, this is a powerful learning experience that changes lives and communities.

Each 300-word entry must be submitted by an intergenerational team consisting of one young person, 8 to 18 years old, and one older person, at least 50 years old, from the United States or Canada. The essay must be an original, true story about a real event or experience in the older entrant’s life and be based on an actual interview the young person completes in person, over the phone, or via the Internet with a living older adult.

One grand prize award winner will receive a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer and a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time, a family owned retailer of quality clocks and home accessories. Ten Legacy Award winners will receive a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time, and all of the winners will receive a framed award certificate and an autographed copy of Dream, an award-winning bestseller about time, legacies, and dreams.

This national contest is run by the Legacy Project at, a big-picture learning project, and the nonprofit organization Generations United in Washington, DC. The contest deadline is March 22, 2013.

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