Local Optimist Club sponsors essay contest for students

DEARBORN – The Optimist Club of Dearborn encourages area students to contemplate the phrase “How Dreams Lead to Success” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2014.

The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme of “How Dreams Lead to Success” and determine the top winners. Winners will receive cash prizes and the winning essays will be sent to the district level where college scholarships are available for top winners.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Club President Barry Hawthorne said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.”

The Optimist Club of Dearborn has participated in the Optimist Essay Contest for over 40 years and has been active in the community since 1940. Other programs and service projects that the club is involved in include annual oratory and art contests.

Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more about the contest by contacting the club at 313-204-6623, or by going to www.dearbornoptimist.org. Deadline for entry is Jan. 15.

Optimist International is one of the world’s largest service club organizations with 93,000 adult and youth members in 2,900 clubs in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico and throughout the world. Carrying the motto “Bringing Out the Best in Kids,” Optimists conduct positive service projects that reach more than 6 million young people each year. To learn more about Optimist International, call 314-371-6000 or go to the organization’s website, www.optimist.org.