Fair Housing Essay, Poster & Video Contests Seek Entries

“50 Years: Continue the Dream of Fair Housing” is the theme of this year’s annual Fair Housing Month poster, essay and audio-visual contest.

The contest is sponsored by the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity in collaboration with the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.

Students in Palm Beach County are urged to create a poster, essay or video that conveys the message that it is illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing because of race, color, religion, familial status, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status and gender identity or expression.

Students are allowed to submit only one entry for each category, no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, March 30.

Students in third, fourth and fifth grade may submit a poster; students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade may submit a poster and/or an essay; and students in ninth through 12th grade may submit an essay and/or video.

New for 2018: All participants will receive five community service hours for each entry submitted.

First-place winners in elementary and middle school will be awarded $100 cash. High school first-place winners will be awarded a tablet PC. Second-place winners receive at least $50 at each grade level, and third-place winners will be awarded at least $25 at each grade level.

Winners will be announced on April 9, and prizes will be awarded on April 18 at a reception in West Palm Beach hosted by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches, the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity.

For contest rules, and more information, visit www.pbcgov.com/equalopportunity or contact Pamela Guerrier at (561) 355-4884 or pguerrie@pbcgov.org.