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Poetry contest celebrates power of youth for change

To celebrate the power of youth in changing the future, Military Kids Vermont (MKVT) and University of Vermont Extension 4-H have teamed up to sponsor a poetry contest for kids, 5-18.

The contest is being held in conjunction with April is the Month of the Military Child, an annual recognition of the sacrifices and bravery of military kids when a parent or guardian is deployed. Both military and civilian youths may enter although only one entry per individual is allowed.

Poems will be judged on creativity, originality and how well they incorporate the theme, “Kids Creating Change for a Better Tomorrow.” They may be any style or length and do not need to rhyme. Art work is optional.

Entries must be emailed or postmarked by April 2. They may be submitted by email to or by mail to Allison Smith, Attn: MOMC Poetry Contest, UVM Extension 4-H, 140 Kennedy Dr., Ste. 201, South Burlington, VT 05403

All entries must include name, age, mailing address, email and phone number. Prizes will be awarded to the top entry in each age group: 5-7, 8-11, 12-15 and 16-18.

For complete contest details, go to To learn more about MKVT, visit

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