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Mahatma Gandhi Library
1000 Light for peace
October 4 2015, The Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Herman Park Drive, Houston, TX

Mahatma Gandhi Week Contests

A project to create a higher awareness of the inspiring life and work of Mahatma Gandhi to promote universal values of Truth, Non-Violence, Love & Service.

The following contests are open to all children in the greater Houston area. The winners of these contests will be recognized at the 1000 Lights for Peace, a celebration of Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday, on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

The topics for different contests are as follows:

Coloring Contest

Age 5 & Under : No registration required - Visit contest location to participate

 

Poster Contest

Age 10 & Under : Messages & Symbols of Peace
Age 11 & Under : I am an instrument of Change

 

Speech Contest

Age 10 & Under : Bullying: My Perspective
Age 11 & Under : Does War Lead to Peace?

 

iTribute Contest

Middle School & Below : Portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
High School : Spirit of Service around me.

 

Essay Contest

Middle School & Below : Change Begins with Me
High School : Describe the root causes of violence.

 

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Awards per Contest

Senior Age Group

Junior Age Group

Winner

$150 Gift Certificate

$100 Gift Certificate

Runner-Up

$100 Gift Certificate

$75 Gift Certificate

2nd Runner-Up

$75 Gift Certificate

$50 Gift Certificate

Please visit the Mahatma Gandhi Library booth at the following events to participate in the poster / coloring contest.

  • August 2015 - Indian Independence Day, organized by ICC Houston
  • August 2015 - Janmashtami, organized by Hindus of Greater Houston
  • September 27, 2015 - Speech Contest, organized by MGL

The submitted work (Essay/Speech/Poster/Multimedia) should be original work created entirely by the participant and contain no copyrighted information. Once submitted it becomes property of the Mahatma Gandhi Library which may be used and reproduced as the organization deems. It may be offered for public display or publication at some time during or after the contest. The only information that will be released is child's name, age, and hometown. For any questions, please contact Mahatma Gandhi Library event coordinator via email as given below.

Creative Writing / Essay Contest:
In a maximum of 650 words (High School) or 400 words (Middle School and under) submit an essay, poem, or prose on the respective topic. Essays must be typed in a 12-point Arial font & double spaced with word count typed at the bottom. Entries must be submitted in electronic format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by midnight, Sunday, September 20, 2015. For information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

iTribute Contest:
Submit a multimedia format presentation on respective topic with a maximum of 10 minutes in length (High School) or 5 minutes in length (Middle School and under). Entries must be submitted in electronic format to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Entries may also be submitted on a CD / Flash Drive with all multimedia content embedded on disk/drive and mailed to the Library office along with a printed copy of Entry Form, postmarked by Sunday, September 20, 2015. For information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Speech Contest:
In a maximum of 3 minutes deliver a speech on the respective topic. Speech will be judged on content, presentation and delivery by a panel of judges. Speech Contest will be held on Satuday, September 27th, 9:00 am, Check-in at 8:30 am. First place winners in each age group will also present their speech at the annual "1000 Lights for Peace" celebration. For information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Poster Contest:
Express your self artistically on a poster by drawing, coloring, sketching, writing a poem or prose to describe the topic. All posters must be completed in the presence of a MGL representative & within 2 hours maximum. All supplies are provided. For information, to find the next venue for the contest, or to set up a contest venue for your organization or group, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Coloring Contest:
For Children 5 years of age and under, express your self artistically on a coloring page, to be completed in the presence of a MGL representative in 2 hours. All supplies are provided. For information, or to find the next venue, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it