A MESSAGE FROM FIRST LADY CASEY DESANTIS

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2019 Black History Month Theme and Student Contests

Student essay contest winners will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the theme and student contests for 2019 Black History Month. This year’s theme will be “Celebrating Public Service” to recognize and pay tribute to African-American leaders who play prominent roles in public service throughout Florida.

“Ron and I could not be more excited to join our state’s incredible students, parents, teachers and educators during Black History Month to celebrate and champion the public service of so many influential Floridians,” said First Lady Casey DeSantis. “Our state is blessed to have several inspirational and talented leaders who serve our communities every day. I look forward to highlighting the contributions of those individuals during Black History Month.”

First Lady DeSantis invited students to participate in academic and creative contests based on this year’s theme. Students in grades K-3 are invited to participate in an art contest while students in grades 4-12 are invited to participate in an essay contest. Additionally, students, parents, teachers and principals are invited to nominate full-time educators of all student grades for the Black History Month Excellence in Education Award.

About the Student Art Contest 
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Art Contest is open to all K-3 students in Florida. Each student will submit original, two-dimensional artwork based on this year’s theme. Two winners will be selected.

About the Student Essay Contest
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Essay Contest is open to all 4-12 students in Florida. Each student will submit one essay no longer than 500 words based on this year’s theme. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school student (grades 4-5), one middle school student (grades 6-8) and one high school student (grades 9-12). Each winner will receive a 4-Year Florida College Plan scholarship provided by the Florida Prepaid College Foundation.

About the Excellence in Education Award 
First Lady Casey DeSantis’ Black History Month Excellence in Education Award Contest is open to all full-time educators in an elementary, middle, or high school in Florida. Three winners will be selected: one elementary school teacher (grades K-5), one middle school teacher (grades 6-8) and one high school teacher (grades 9-12). Nominations may be submitted by a principal, teacher, parent/guardian or student.

Contest Entries and Nominating Forms and Guidelines 
Student contest forms and educator nomination forms must be mailed to Volunteer Florida or submitted online at www.FloridaBlackHistory.com

Volunteer Florida 
Black History Month Committee 
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180 
Tallahassee, Florida 32311

All entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. EST on Monday, March 4, 2019.

For more information about the contests and to watch First Lady Casey DeSantis’ welcome message for Black History Month, please visit www.FloridaBlackHistory.com.

First Lady Casey DeSantis Announces 2019 Black History Month

Student and Teacher Contest Winners

Tallahassee, Fla. – Today, First Lady Casey DeSantis announced the 2019 Black History Month student contest winners and Excellence in Education Award recipients. This year’s theme was “Celebrating Public Service” and the winners were honored during the Black History Month awards ceremony at the Florida Governor’s Mansion. Black History Month is celebrated every year in Florida during the month of February.

“Ron and I were honored to celebrate the work of some of our state’s most talented students, teachers and artists as we announced the winners of Florida’s Black History Month student contests and Excellence in Education Award recipients,” said First Lady DeSantis. ‘In addition, we were excited to highlight the artwork of Mary Ann Carroll, a mother of seven children and the only original female member of the Highwaymen, who is an extraordinary example of creativity and resilience. How fortunate we are to have these talented people call Florida home.”

“Tonight, we celebrated Florida’s black history and recognized those making contributions in public service that bring black history to life,” said Enterprise Florida President and CEO Jamal Sowell. “Thank you, Governor DeSantis and First Lady DeSantis, for your support and the opportunity to honor African-Americans through the artwork and creative writing of students across the state.”

“Volunteer Florida was proud to join Governor DeSantis and the First Lady to celebrate Black History Month,” said Volunteer Florida CEO Clay Ingram. “While we honored African Americans of the past, we also recognized the students and educators who share these individuals’ stories and carry on a legacy of greatness. They hold so much promise for Florida’s future.”

“Thank you to Governor DeSantis and First Lady DeSantis for hosting the 2019 Black History Month celebration, and congratulations to this year’s student and educator contest winners,” said Department of Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran. “Black History Month is a great time to recognize African-American leaders, past and current, who have helped to make Florida the best place to live, work and receive an education.”

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