Casey DeSantis Announces 2022 Black History Month Contests

Casey DeSantis

First Lady Casey DeSantis.

By Sharon Aron Baron

First Lady DeSantis invites students to participate in academic and creative contests throughout February for Black History Month.

This year, the theme is “Celebrating African-American Contributions to Florida’s History.”

Black History Month is an opportunity for students to learn about African-Americans’ contributions throughout Florida’s history, said DeSantis.

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“Over the next month, we will be honoring these contributions and their benefits to Florida’s communities. I encourage all Florida students to join us by participating in this month’s art and essay contests.”

Students in grades K-3 can participate in an art contest, and grades 4-12 can participate in an essay contest. Students, parents, teachers, and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

Art Contest

DeSantis’ Black History Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.

Student Essay Contest

DeSantis’ Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all grade 4-12 students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme.

Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8), and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

Excellence in Education Award

DeSantis’ Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in Florida’s elementary, middle, or high school.

Three winners will be selected: one elementary school teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8), and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian, or student.

Entries must be received by 5 pm (ET) on Friday, February 18, 2022. Forms can be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

Volunteer Florida
Black History Month Committee
1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250
Tallahassee, Florida 32308

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Sharon Aron Baron
Editor of Talk Media and writer for Coral Springs Talk. CST was created in 2012 to provide News, Views, and Entertainment for the residents of Coral Springs and the rest of South Florida.

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