Little Hands Make A Big Difference Essay Contest

Are you a teacher? Do you have a child in the fourth or fifth grade? We want you to be a part of this year’s JLDOC essay contest!

The Junior League of Durham And Orange Counties is committed to improving the health of our future generations. We love our kids and want them to become healthy adults! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates that nearly 30 million Americans live in neighborhoods without easy access to affordable nutritious food. Limited access to healthy food choices can lead to poor diets and higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases.  According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity now effects one in every six children and adolescents. The Junior League of Durham and Orange County, also known as the JLDOC, is committed to improving the health of our future generations. We just need YOUR help! We are holding an annual essay contest that will focus on a different health topic each year. This year our chosen topic is “Access to Healthy Foods.” Choosing healthy foods is often difficult when there are a lack of options that are convenient and affordable. We need to work together to think of new and creative ways to provide our community with more options.  This is where your children come in…. We are asking participants to write a short essay about how they would use one hundred dollars to increase access to healthy foods in their community. Two winners will be granted a one-hundred-dollar prize to put their plan into action.

Rules and Prizes

  • Entrants must be in the fourth or fifth grade.
  • Only one submission per entrant; all subsequent submissions will be ineligible.
  • Each submission must include the participant’s name, grade, school name, and teacher’s name. Exclusion of these items will result in disqualification.
  • Essays must be between 100 (minimum) and 300 words (maximum).
  • Text must be written in print that is legible or typed. Entries that are illegible will be disqualified.
  • Submissions will not be returned once received by the JLDOC.
  • All non-English text should be translated on the same page.
  • All submissions are due by 11:59 pm (EST) on April 13, 2018.

Format and Content

The essay topic should focus on how the participant would use a $100.00 grant to increase access to healthy food in their community (e.g. school, neighborhood, place of worship). Each essay should be a minimum of 100 words and a maximum of 300. In your outline, please include:

  1. How many people you intend to impact;
  2. They key people who will help you implement your plan; and
  3. One year from now, what does your project look like (your end goal)? How do you measure it’s success?

Judging and Prizes

The entries will be judged by selected members of the JLDOC on creativity, originality, overall quality and adherence to the theme. The decision of the judges is final. Winners will be announced on April 28, 2018 and invited to attend the JLDOC meeting on May 3, 2018. Two winners will each receive a one hundred dollar grant to enact his/her plan over the summer; with the option to attend the JLDOC August meeting to present their progress/success to the league. The two teachers whose classes have the most submissions will each be awarded a $100 prize. Each submission constitutes permission for the JLDOC to use the participant’s name, likeness, biographical information, photo, and content of essay in any advertising and promotion without notification or compensation. All entries, become sole property of the JLDOC. Entrants agree to be bound by the official contest rules and decision of the judges.


We are thrilled you have chosen to be part of the “Little Hands Make A Big Difference Essay Contest!” All submissions are due by 11:59 pm (EST) on April 13, 2018. There is no entry fee. Submissions can be made via email ( or mailed to: JLDOC c/o little leaguers 900 S Duke Street ​Durham NC 27707


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