Sturdy Essay Contest

Essay contest rules  (Photo by/Joetta Nuahn)

Essay contest rules
(Photo/Joetta Nuahn)

By: Joetta Nuahn

Sturdy Memorial Hospital and Rockland Trust have teamed up to offer cash prizes for the top six outstanding essays, which can be written and submitted by middle through high school students.

This year’s theme is “Volunteers – A Work of Heart.” As an incentive, essays may also be submitted to Principal Mr. Bill Runey’s office by March 23 and AHS will deliver them. One random essay applicant who submits through the principal’s office will receive a $15 “Blue Pride School Store” credit donated by him.

Essays are due to Sturdy by noon on March 25. The application can be found at

National Volunteer Week is April 12-18; so Sturdy Memorial Hospital sponsors Volunteer Day every year, to honor of those who selflessly volunteer at numerous organizations. The essay awards will be made at Sturdy on Friday, April 17 at 11 a.m.

Essays will be judged on originality, organization and writing skills and need to be typed, double-spaced and not more than 500 words. Essays must be submitted to Sturdy’s Volunteer and Student Services Department.

The top six essays will receive cash prizes during the Volunteer Day luncheon. The first-place winning essays will be published in The Sun Chronicle.

Sturdy Memorial Hospital is also accepting applications from human service agencies and other non-profit organizations wishing to participate in the annual Volunteer Day. The deadline for applications is March 30.

For more information about either the application form, the essay contest or how to participate in the event, contact Anne Messier, the director of Volunteer and Student Services at Sturdy Memorial Hospital at 508-236-8800.