HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania middle and high school students are encouraged to share their perspectives on improving school safety by participating in the second annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition.
The theme of this year’s contest – “Speak Out for Safe Schools” – urges students to get involved in legislative efforts to promote a safer environment for young people to learn and grow.
The contest, which is sponsored by the Senate of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, is open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6 through 12, including all public school, private school and home school students. Participants are encouraged to submit video entries of no longer than three minutes that highlight ways to make schools safer.
A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded through the PA 529 college savings program administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. Prizes will be deposited into a college savings account in the winner(s) name. Videos will be judged based on creativity, content and effectiveness of message delivery.
The contest will remain open through December 7, 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2019. More information on the contest is available online at www.legis.state.pa.us/talk-to-your-state-senator/.
The first “Talk To Your State Senator” video competition during the 2017-18 school year generated more than 100 entries discussing the impact of the heroin and opioid crisis.
The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is a nonprofit statewide association of public school boards, pledged to the highest ideals of local lay leadership for the public schools of the commonwealth. Pennsylvania’s 4,500 school directors become members by virtue of election to their local board — the board joins as a whole. Membership in PSBA is by school district or other eligible local education agency such as intermediate unit, vocational school or community college.
CONTACT: Melissa Hershey (717) 772-0500