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Empowering teachers to lead

Hope Morales, the New Mexico State Policy Director of Teach Plus, spoke to the Sunrise Optimist Club last week. Teach Plus, a nonprofit organization that provides leadership opportunities for teachers empowering them to make an impact in the classroom and beyond. Ms. Morales, a former teacher in the Roswell district, is pictured receiving a gift of appreciation from Mike Perry, vice president of the Sunrise Optimist Club. For more information on the Sunrise Optimist and the projects they do to improve Roswell for the youth of our community, contact membership chairman, Roger K. Burnett or come to a breakfast meeting any Wednesday morning, 7 a.m., at Red Onion Restaurant. (Submitted Photo)

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Deadline for essay contest quickly approaching

The Sunrise Optimist Club of Roswell is encouraging area students to contemplate the phrase, “Can Society Function Without Respect?” as part of the Optimist International Essay Contest for 2018.

Judges for the Sunrise Optimist Club will evaluate the local students’ essays and determine the top winners. Winners will receive $300 for first place, $200 for second place, $100 for third place, and the winning essay will be sent to the New Mexico/West Texas district level to compete for a college scholarship of $2,500.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Sunrise Optimist Essay Chairperson Karen Hamilton said. “As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them. This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time.

The deadline to enter is Feb. 13. For more information about entering the essay contest, contact Karen Hamilton at 575 420 6325.

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