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Greer Earns Award for Martin Luther King Essay Contest

fm-elaine-greerFairmeadows Elementary fifth grader Elaine Greer won second place for her grade division in the state-wide 2014 MLK Essay Contest. She will receive a $25 prize and be honored at the State of Iowa Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Jan. 20 at the Euclid Room.

This year’s contest question for fifth through eighth graders was if you were to organize a community event where everyone you knew was there to help, what would it look like and how would it make a difference?

Greer’s idea was to organize an event to protest the inequality of women throughout the world. She would gather her friends and family and start a peaceful demonstration of marches and speeches, asking women who have escaped bad situations by coming to America and becoming U.S. citizens to deliver and write speeches. She believes her ideas would make marriages, communities, and economies more successful. She thinks her event would make a difference because “more women would get the opportunity to live their lives like they want and share their intelligences and gifts.” She believes this freedom would lead to making this world a better place for all.

Congratulations on a job well done!