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December 30, 2011 > Enter the Pasta Tales essay writing contest

Enter the Pasta Tales essay writing contest

Submitted By Catie Jackson

Educators across the country are continually looking for ways to enhance education with limited budgets and resources. This year's Olive Garden Pasta Tales national essay writing contest invites students to share their ideas on how to meet that challenge and generally support education in their community.

Beginning now through Sunday, January 29, Olive Garden is asking writers in first through 12th-grade in the U.S. and Canada to submit an essay of 50 to 250 words answering the question: "If you were given $5,000 to support education in your local community, how would you use it and why?"

The grand-prize winner will receive a three-day trip to New York City that includes dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. In addition, Olive Garden will provide a $5,000 grant to support education in the winner's local community, which will bring his/her essay to life. The winners in each grade category will be awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant.

The goal of the Pasta Tales contest is to help youth forge a path to success and help them realize their dreams through a thought-provoking and educational exercise.

All entries must include the writer's first and last name, complete address, phone number with area code, grade, date of birth including year and a statement that the work is his or her own. Entries must be submitted either online or postmarked by January 29, 2012 and sent to Pasta Tales, PMB 2000, 6278 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-1916.

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa, with winners selected by Olive Garden.

Entry forms and complete rules are available at http://www.olivegarden.com/About-Us/Community/Pasta-Tales/ and at local Olive Garden restaurants.

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