Fair Housing: A Rainbow of Neighbors
Our Purpose is to create awareness among young adults about the importance of fair housing, and of providing equal housing opportunities to all people regardless of their race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, familial status, sexual orientation, marital status and gender identity or expression. The contest also aims to educate youth about the problems relating to housing discrimination and elicit their thoughts, comments, and suggestions on ways to solve the problem through artistic expression.
General CONTEST INFORMATION:
The contest is open to all public, private, and home schooled students within Palm Beach County.
Poster and poem contest entries will be accepted from grades 3 through 8; entries for the essay and poem
contest will be accepted from grades 6 through 12; entries for the video and poem contest will accepted from
grades 9 through 12.
Students may participate by submitting an entry on this year’s Fair Housing Month theme, “ Fair Housing: A
Rainbow of Neighbors”. Only one entry per student for each category may be submitted. Thus, an elementary
student may submit a poster and poem, a middle school student may submit an essay, poem and poster and
a high school student may submit an essay, poem and a video.
Entries must be received no later than Friday, March 29, 2019 at 5:00p.m. Entries should be sent to:
Renee Sandel, Realtors of the Palm Beaches & Greater Fort Lauderdale
1 Harvard Circle, Suite 102, West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Grades 3 through 8: First Place - $100, Second Place - $50 & Third Place - $25
Grades 9 through 12: First Place for the Essay or Video - Tablet, Second Place for Essay or Video - $50 & Third Place for Essay or Video - $25
Poster Contest Rules:
Poster must measure 8 ½ x 11 inches or larger. Artwork can be done horizontally or vertically.
Use of poster paper, poster board or heavy hard stock paper only. NO FOAM CORE BOARDS PLEASE CORE BOARDS PLEASE
Collages are not acceptable. Do not paste or glue objects to poster – All art work must be hand drawn.
Poster should be colorful using paint, magic markers, or crayons. Plain pencil is considered unfinished.
Posters must depict this year's Fair Housing Month theme: “Fair Housing: A Rainbow of Neighbors”
Do not write name on front of poster. Each poster is required to have a registration form taped to the BACK of the poster's upper right hand corner – neatly typed or printed.
Any poster not following rules will be disqualified.
POEM Contest Rules:
Submit one original poem (your own individual creative work) utilizing this year’s Fair Housing Month theme:
“Fair Housing: A Rainbow of Neighbors.”
Each student may submit one poem of 20 lines or fewer with a maximum of 60 characters per line in any style
except black out poems (marker covering another author's text to create a poem) provided that the content of the
poem is not vulgar or offensive, does not employ profanity, and is the original, individual work of the student.
Type or word process your poem on a single sheet of standard 8 ½ x 11 white paper, one side only in a standard type face; no fancy fonts, graphics or illustrations.
Do not write name on front of poem. Each poem is required to have a registration form taped to the BACK of the
poem – neatly typed or printed.
Any poem not following rules will be disqualified. Poems not meeting the requirements for line limitation are
automatically disqualified. Poems containing profanity, vulgarity or offensive material are automatically disqualified.
The winners will be determined by a panel of judges. Criteria for judging: adherence to theme, originality and
creativity, Poems are judged based on originality, creativity, and artistic quality.
Essay Contest Rules:
Essays should not exceed 250 words, and should not deviate from the theme: “Fair Housing: A Rainbow of Neighbors.”
All essay entries must be typed or neatly written, double-spaced, and must include a registration form which should appear on the back of the first page, upper right hand corner. Do not write name on front of the essay.
Essays will be judged on the following criteria: content, originality, grammar, organization and style.
Essay contest winners will be given the opportunity to read their essays at the awards reception.
Video Contest Rules:
Videos submitted should be exactly 24 seconds in length, and should not deviate from the theme: “Fair Housing: A Rainbow of Neighbors.”
Videos should be provided to RAPB in a DVD/mini-DVD (formats .wmv, .mov, .flv or .dvi) with a registration form affixed to the front of the case. The video should address the intended audience (students) in a clear, creative and compelling style.
Demonstrate technical proficiency in lighting, sound, and camerawork.
Demonstrate creative proficiency in delivering the intended message.
The video selected must be suitable and appropriate for a classroom setting, a broadcast for television, website and other media (no inappropriate language, violence, glamorizing smoking or depiction of trademarks).
Submissions should be accompanied by appropriate paperwork including talent and media release (available on our website), cast and crew list.
If more than one person produces the video, prize money is split between those parties.
The winning video may be broadcast on educational networks and PBC TV Channel 20 and played at the awards reception. It may also be used on the sponsors’ websites as an educational tool.