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English Dept Judges Essay Contest
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Rotary InsigniaThree members of the Seton Hall University English department served as judges for the Rotary Club of Irvington's first essay contest about the importance of eradicating polio, part of the organization's Polio Awareness Project. The project also included a Polio Awareness Walk, which took place on May 4, 2013. The RCI partnered with two elementary schools in the Township of Irvington, the Burch Charter School and Good Shepherd Elementary School. Fifth and sixth graders were asked to submit essays of no more than 250 words addressing the following topic: "Please write an essay to your community. Discuss the importance of community engagement and how polio impacts you and your community. The essay should make your community aware of polio and what can be done to END POLIO NOW."

The winners of the contest were announced and received their awards at the regularly scheduled RCI Meeting on Tuesday, May 28 at 6 pm., at the Irvington Publis Library, and was attended by the three English department faculty judges: Mary Balkun, English department chairperson; Orieann Florius, writing instructor; and Rachel Tanski, writing instructor. They were able to meet and congratulate the award winners and their families. Plans are currently in development for an annual essay contest that will continue the partnership between Seton Hall and the RCI.

For more information please contact:
Mary Balkun
(973) 761-9388


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