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Human Rights Day Essay Contest

for 7th and 8th Graders

Human Rights Day is observed around the world each year on December 10,

the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The public is invited to the

Awards Ceremony

Human Rights Day, Saturday, December 10, 2016

10:00 am

Sioux Falls Multi-Cultural Center
in The Coliseum
515 N. Main Ave

Near bus routes # 6, 7 and 8

The students’ winning essays will be read, their awards presented, and cookies served.

Contest Theme for 2016: The Right to Seek a Safe Place to Live

We are currently living in the midst of one of the worst refugee crises since World War II, with
65 million people forcibly displaced from their homes worldwide. These global neighbors are refugees, internally displaced, asylum-seekers or stateless.
Half of the world’s forcibly displaced people are children. For examples: Large numbers of Central American children have arrived at our southern border fleeing extreme violence. Nigerian children are abducted by Boko Haram. Syrian children are in precarious and even dangerous situations as their families seek refuge from war.
Sioux Falls is one of the cities where the U.S. State Department assigns refugees for resettlement. Lutheran Social Services has assisted refugees since accepting displaced people from Europe following World War II. This reflects the U.S. tradition of welcoming immigrants and refugees.
The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (,
Contest Rules
The contest is open to 7th and 8th grade students in Sioux Falls schools.
An independent panel of judges, whose decisions are final, will judge essays based on good form and on passion and insight expressed.
(Snow date, Wednesday, Dec.14, 6:30pm)

2016 Sponsors: Bread for the World-SD, Augustana University Education Department, EmBe Sioux Falls, UN Club of Sioux Falls and Refugee Congress, Soroptimist International of Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls Multi-Cultural Center, Friends in memory of George Weiland, Sioux Valley Optimist Club, Daughters of the American Revolution -Mary Chilton Chapter, Sioux Falls Daybreak Kiwanis Club, Sioux Falls Area Retired Teachers Association, University of Sioux Falls Art Department, Sioux Falls Rotary South

Contacts: Cathy Brechtelsbauer 335-6222,; Carla Cooey Dedula 366-2359,


"Let us put our minds together and see what life we will make for our children."

- Chief Sitting Bull