Student Military Appreciation Essay and Art Contest to offer cash prizes


The Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Military Appreciation Art and Essay Contest on the meaning of freedom and honoring our military.

The artwork and essays will be exhibited at the Military Appreciation Day event on Saturday, May 25, from 3 to 9 p.m., at Losner Park, 104 N. Krome Ave. Contest winners will be announced the day of the event.

The essay contest invites middle school (grades 6-8) and high school (grades 9-12) students to write a 500-word limit essay about what freedom and honoring service means. The art contest, open for four age groups, Elementary (K-2), Elementary (grades 3-5), Middle School (grades 6-8) and High School (grades 9-12), invites students to design a Memorial Day artwork about what freedom and honoring service means. Art submissions may be in any artistic medium (paint, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage, etc.).

Each category’s age group will receive cash prizes as follows: $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third. Deadline for entries is May 15. Contest entries must be delivered or mailed to the Greater Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, 455 N. Homestead Blvd. Homestead, FL to the attention of: Executive Director Rosa Brito. Essay entries may be emailed to: All submissions must include student name, school, grade, address, and phone. For more information call 305-247-2332.

Winners will be announced at the Military Appreciation Day event, where all contest entries will be exhibited. The event will include live music, military displays and demonstrations, food trucks, vendors, and bounce houses. The event, which is organized by the City of Homestead in partnership with the Military Affairs Committee, Homestead Air Reserve Base and Homestead/Florida City Chamber of Commerce, will offer to Military ID holders free $10 vouchers redeemable for food at the event. Additionally those wearing a Military Uniform will be entered for free into a $500 value prize raffle.

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