Literacy Reflections on Black History Elementary (K-5) Essay & Arts Competition - National Council of Teachers of English

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Literacy Reflections on Black History Elementary (K-5) Essay & Arts Competition

February 23, 2024 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



On behalf of the Purdue College of Education Department of Curriculum & Instruction (Literacy & Language) we would like to invite parents/guardians of the greater Lafayette community to assist their K-5 students in submitting work for the inaugural:

Literacy Reflections on Black History Elementary (K-5) Essay & Arts Competition

Submissions due by February 4, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. via this Qualtrics link

The 2024 Black History Month Theme: “African Americans and the Arts” spanning the many impacts Black Americans have had on visual arts, music, cultural movements, and more. Read more HERE.

Guiding prompt: Reflect on how African Americans have impacted the arts in the United States. 

The Literacy Reflections on Black History Elementary Competition is an initiative that celebrates K-5 student engagement within Greater Lafayette through literacy and the arts as well as highlighting the impact of African American contributions in celebration of Black History Month. 18 awards will be given within 2 subgroups (Primary, K-2 and Intermediate, 3-5) for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in the areas of:

  • Essay (Not to exceed 200 words) Submit Word file or PDF via Qualtrics by deadline. All work will be displayed, and student winners will read their essays at the reception on the 23rd. 
  • Art (painting, visual, digital, etc.) Submit Jpeg via Qualtrics and mail artwork by deadline. All work will be displayed at the reception on the 23rd. 
  • Performance (skit, poem, spoken word, song, dance, etc.) Submit Mp4 video, YouTube link, or other digital format by deadline via Qualtrics. If you are selected as an awardee, you will perform it at the reception on the 23rd. 

The Literacy Reflections on Black History Elementary Competition is open to students in grades K-5. Students must reside in the Greater Lafayette, Indiana (Tippecanoe County) area and be enrolled in either a public, private or homeschool program. Students must also have the permission of a parent, guardian, or teacher over the age of 18 years of age in order to enter the contest.

All submissions must be uploaded via this Qualtrics link by the deadline, February 4, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. 

Each student must answer the essay question in their own words/complete the art on their own/perform individually on their own. Plagiarism is unacceptable and is cause for contest disqualification. Submissions are judged by Purdue COE staff, students, and community members. Judging is based on the student’s ability to connect to the guiding prompt/theme clearly and concisely, understanding of the topic, creativity and originality of thought pertaining to the topic, as well as grammar, spelling, and style.

All physical art samples should be mailed to:

Department of Curriculum & Instruction

Attention: Dr. Breanya Hogue BHM Contest

100 N. University Street, BRNG 4108A

West Lafayette, IN 47907

Students who submit an essay to the contest grant Purdue COE and its partners, including the news media, the right to use their names, photographs, statements, quotes and testimonials for advertising, publicity and promotional purposes without notification or further compensation. This includes, but is not limited to, Purdue COE’s social media accounts, as well as print or electronic publications. Purdue COE maintains the right to reproduce, reprint, distribute, perform, display, or exhibit the project for advertising, publicity, and promotional purposes on its website, at conferences or other venues.

Save the Date!

Literacy Reflections on Black History Elementary Contest Celebration Reception 

Date: Friday, February 23, 2024

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Purdue Black Cultural Center

1100 Third St.

West Lafayette, IN 47907


Join us for a reception to celebrate Black History Month as we recognize local K-5 youth that participated in this year’s inaugural Literacy Reflections on Black History Elementary Competition! ALL are welcome! RSVP HERE There will be refreshments, performances, and students will be spotlighted and celebrated for their submissions! For more information about this year’s competition visit: BHM ESSAY CONTEST Contact Dr. Breanya Hogue at for questions.

Special thank you to our event sponsors Office of Diversity and Global Engagement, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, and the Center for Literacy and Language Education and Research (CL2EAR)!


February 23, 2024
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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