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Better Business Bureau of Southeast Texas
News Release
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Beaumont, Texas -- The Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas is sponsoring a regional essay contest for students in the BBB's business service area, which includes 71 public and privately owned schools within 8 counties and the Bolivar Peninsula. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are eligible, invited and encouraged to participate. The contest is called Laws of Life. This essay contest has been successfully implemented throughout the country, touching the lives of students, educators, parents and communities in a positive way.


The Laws of Life Essay Contest encourages a dialogue between students and teachers, parents and community members to advance positive, universal ethical principles (laws of life) such as perseverance, forgiveness, honesty, respect and love. These life affirming shared values support positive citizenship and transcend religious, cultural and national borders. The contest leads students to better understand themselves and develop empathy for others, while at the same time strengthening writing skills. And, unlike most essay contests, all ability levels can participate successfully. It helps teachers better understand their students and promotes a positive classroom climate.


Cash prizes will be given to the winners, as well as the teacher/mentor that worked with the winning students to encourage their participation. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the school with the highest percentage of participating students and the campus with the highest number of essays submitted.


All essays must be postmarked or hand-delivered to the Better Business Bureau office by Friday, May 11, 2012. For more information about program participation, corporate sponsorships or volunteer opportunities, please call Michelle Brewer, Education Foundation Coordinator for the Better Business Bureau in Southeast Texas at 409.835.5951 x 102 or

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