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Fifth Graders Invited to Enter ‘Species on the Edge’ Art, Essay Contest

By Press Release

TRENTON – The nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) launched its 17th annual Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest, empowering fifth-grade students to advocate for an endangered or threatened species from New Jersey through a well-researched, creative essay and an optional original art piece.
According to a release, entries for the 2020 contest are being accepted until Jan. 31, 2020. 
Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in May. 
Students are invited to select one of more than 80 endangered or threatened New Jersey species and write an essay, and create an optional art piece, creatively advocating for that animal. Students become champions for New Jersey animals by learning where they live, what they look like, and what threatens their futures, allowing a diverse range of learners to engage in a real-world research project where writing and art take on significance beyond the walls of the classroom.
CWF makes the contest easy for teachers to have their classes participate in either a one-day overview or a week-long Common Core and NextGen Science standards-aligned unit. 
Entry forms, Unit by Design lesson plans, pre-writing graphic organizers, grading rubrics, and other resources can be found at www.ConserveWildlifeNJ.org/Education/Edge/
Additional teacher resources, including an optional National Arts Standards project and curriculum, are also available.
Since 2003, over 30,000 children from across New Jersey have entered the Species on the Edge Art & Essay Contest. 
“Students are often inspired by being introduced to the rare wildlife in our state,” says David Wheeler, Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation. “Through their art and essays, students are able to transform the effort to protect these species into a highly personal one. In turn, students learn that they have the power to make New Jersey into a better place for wildlife and people as well.”
The Species on the Edge Art and Essay contest is sponsored by PSEG Foundation, NJEA, GAF, Atlantic City Electric, Church & Dwight, and The Zoological Society of New Jersey. 

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