“Fair Housing: A Rainbow of Neighbors” is the theme of this year’s annual Fair Housing Month poster, poem, 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 & Greater Fort Lauderdale and the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.
Students in Palm Beach County are urged to create a poster, poem, 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/expression. Students can submit only one entry for each category no later than 5 p.m. on March 29.
Third, fourth and fifth-grade students can submit a poster and/or poem; sixth, seventh and eighth-graders can submit a poster, poem and/or essay; and ninth through 12th-grade students can submit an essay, poem and/or video. 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 computer. Second place winners will receive at least $50 at each level, and third place winners will be awarded at least $25 at each level.
Winners will be announced on April 8, and prizes will be awarded on April 17 at a reception in West Palm Beach hosted by the Realtors Association of the Palm Beaches & Greater Fort Lauderdale, the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and the Palm Beach County Office of Equal Opportunity.