Thursday, May 16, 2002

Essay contest promotes Ohio learning program

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COLUMBUS — Gov. Bob Taft has announced a statewide summer essay contest for students in grades 1 to 8 as part of the Great Ohio Adventures in Learning (GOAL) program.

        The contest, “What I Learned This Summer,” runs through July 31.

        The contest requires participants to visit Ohio's educational travel destinations. Listings of these destinations and the essay contest registration form can be found at, or call (800) 282-5393 (BUCKEYE).

        “The Great Ohio Adventures in Learning program is an exciting opportunity for children and families to discover Ohio,” said Mr. Taft. “It's important to keep students' skills sharp over the summer. The essay contest rewards students for using their creative writing skills to share what they've learned on summer vacation.”

        Each participant must submit an essay of 400 words or fewer that describes what he or she learned while visiting one of the GOAL attractions. Essays will be judged on creativity and degree of learning.

        First-place winners will be awarded a weekend getaway for four to an Ohio state park resort. Second-place winners will receive tickets for four to an Ohio travel and tourism attraction.


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