A callout has been issued to 5th and 6th class primary school pupils in Leitrim to enter a fun nationwide essay competition with the theme “A Real Irish Christmas Tree – Simply the Best”.
The competition, with a total prize value of €4,000, is an initiative of the Irish Christmas Tree Growers Association (ICTGA) and has been launched as part of its 2016 #lovearealtree campaign.
Students are being asked to pen an essay either individually, or as a collaborative effort, with a maximum team of four. There will be just one entry per school, with each school picking a winner for submission to the national competition.
32 county winners will get a real Irish Christmas Tree for the school valued at €60. The winning student’s family will also get a tree. In addition the four provincial winners will receive €50 and the national winner €150.
According to Joe Flynn, ICTGA committee member and a former teacher, the competition will challenge pupils in various areas.
“It will help with literacy and English skills, geography knowledge, and environmental education. And the pupils will have fun at the same time!”
“We also hope the Leitrim pupils will encourage their mums and dads to opt for a real Irish Christmas tree this year and to support the #lovearealtree campaign.” he said.
Students and schools can access lesson plans on essay writing, assessment criteria, relevant research topics and websites at www.christmastreesireland.com
The competition deadline is Monday, November 14th, so get writing straight away.
Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org