Fifth-grade Delaware students can enter the University of Delaware's Coast Day essay contest with compositions that relate to this year's theme, Building Resilient Coastal Communities.
Students are asked to describe what they have learned in the months since Hurricane Sandy, and how they can best prepare for future coastal hazards such as hurricanes, flooding, and sea level rise. The contest encourages students to improve their writing and research skills while learning about important environmental and coastal issues.
Finalists will be recognized at Coast day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at UD's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. The top three winning essayists will receive gift cards valued at $100 for first place; $75 for second; $50 for third.
Essay entries will be considered only if they are postmarked by Sept. 20. Entries can be sent to: Coast Day Essay Contest, Chris Petrone; Delaware Sea Grant-Marine Advisory Service, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, 19958.
For more information: decoastday.org.