Better Business Bureau Serving Southeast Texas will hold its 3rd Annual “Laws of Life” Awards Banquet on April 17, 2014, at The Event Centre in historic downtown Beaumont, Texas. The event will honor fifteen outstanding Southeast Texas students who submitted award-winning essays in BBB Consumer Education Foundation’s educational initiative, “Laws of Life”, which is an ethics and character-based essay contest.
The BBB launched the “Laws of Life” program as a means of promoting character development for Southeast Texas youth. The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for young people to reflect on and write about the guiding principles in which they should strive to live. Although students choose their own personal “law of life” to write about, forgiveness, compassion, bravery, and faith are some of the topics students focus on.
Over 4,500 young people participated in this regional contest, which is open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Southeast Texas. A judging panel made up of Southeast Texas business leaders read essays and chose 15 finalists. These student finalists will be recognized, along with the teachers who encouraged them to participate in this meaningful program. School campuses with highest participation will also be awarded. Winners will receive cash and other prizes, starting at $50 and going up to $200.
The “Laws of Life” finalists for the 2013-2014 school year are as follows: Christian Adame, Vincent Middle School; Reagan Alston, Vidor Middle School; Franya Blanton, St. Anne Catholic School; Dylan Bridgers, Lumberton Intermediate School; Isaiah B., South Park Middle School; Bradley C., Marshall Middle School; Megan Do, St. Mary Catholic School; Whitney Flanigan, Orangefield Junior High; Kaitlyn G., Legacy Christian Academy; Courtney Gore, Silsbee Middle School; Bailey Hansen, Lumberton Middle School; Michael Henderson, Evadale Junior High; Andrea Howard, Mauriceville Middle School; Kaylee Kaufman, Little Cypress Junior High; and Kaylea Rowe, Kirbyville Junior High.
The contest requires students to think deeply about what their personal “laws of life” really are and what values mean the most to them. It encourages schools, communities and teachers to have soul-searching discussions with their young people to help them reflect on their choices and what principles would make life better. It prompts teachers to better understand their students, and helps communities learn what young people struggle with while providing support to help them overcome these struggles.
This program is sponsored in part by APAC, Bill Clark Pest Control, DuPont Goodrich Federal Credit Union, Mason Construction, and Previty Clinic for Surgical Care – Dr. and Mrs. Garrett Peel, with further assistance from American Valve & Hydrant and Texas Marine.
To be a part of “Laws of Life” or for more information about this valuable initiative, please call Michelle Brewer, “Laws of Life” Program Director at Better Business Bureau, 409-835-5951 x 102.