Listen to a Life Legacy Project Essay Contest #writing #students #txed #ec3ww

Students want their learning to be connected to the real world. That's exactly what the Listen to a Life Essay Contest is all about.

The Legacy Project's 14th annual essay contest changes lives and communities as it connects generations and gives students a powerful purpose for writing – listening to and learning from a life . Students learn about real life from real people, and often end up making unexpected friendships along the way.

Here's one amazing example of a past winning essay:

Here's a closer look at the educational value of the contest and 21st Century learning skills, with quotes from students and teachers across the country:

To enter the Listen to a Life Contest, students 8-18 years interview a grandparent or grandfriend 50 years or older about the older person's hopes and goals through their life, how they achieved their goals and overcame obstacles, or key life experiences. The young person then writes a 300-word essay based on the interview.

The Grand Prize is a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer, along with 10 Legacy Awards of a keepsake timepiece from Expressions of Time. The contest runs to March 28, 2014.

Students and teachers can find out more about the Listen to a Life Essay Contest, including complete contest rules, at

This national contest is run by the Legacy Project, a big-picture learning project, and the nonprofit Generations United in Washington, DC. 

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