Olive Garden is sponsoring an essay contest for students in grades one through 12.
The topic is "If you were given $5,000 to support education in your local community, how would you use it and why?"
Each essay must be between 50 and 250 words. The grand prize winner will receive a three-day trip to New York City that includes dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. Additionally, Olive Garden will provide a $5,000 grant to support education in the winner's local community, which will bring his or her essay to life. The winners in each grade category will be awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at the local Olive Garden restaurant.
Pasta Tales entry forms and complete rules are available on Olive Garden's website at (www.olivegarden.com/About-Us/Community/Pasta-Tales/) and at local Pasta Tales restaurants beginning Nov. 21.
All entries must include the winner's first and last name, complete address, phone number with area code, grade, date of birth including year and a statement that the work is his or her own. Entries must be submitted either online or postmarked by Jan. 29, 2012 and sent to Pasta Tales, PMB 2000, 6278 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33308-1916.
Submissions will be judged based on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa, with winners selected by Olive Garden.