Stop & Shop Announces 6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest in Celebration of Black History Month in 2012

    Stop & Shop Announces 6th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest in Celebration of Black History Month in 2012

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    FAIRFIELD, Conn., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC announces the 6th Annual Black History Month Essay Contest in commemoration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the national observance in February 2012. ?The essay contest is in support of Dr. King's vision to join together people from all walks of life and from all races and backgrounds, for the common good.

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    The goals of the Essay Contest are to increase knowledge and awareness about the importance of volunteerism and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., support our corporate diversity and inspire youth to consider their individual role in building character and community involvement. ?

    Beginning November 14, 2011 students (grades 6-8) attending schools in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Hampshire, are eligible to enter the Essay Contest provided they comply with all criteria listed in the Essay Contest Rules and Guidelines featured at ?Students must submit the application package (entry form and essay) via US mail no later than December 31, 2011. ?The essays should address the theme: "Making a difference ? What can you do to help fight hunger in your community"? ?Each essay submission will be judged on the basis of originality, creativity and adherence to the essay topic. Two winners will be selected from every grade level and each winner will be awarded checks valued up to $750. ?Winners will be notified on or about February 6, 2012.

    Stop & Shop will celebrate Black History Month in February 2012 with the release of the annual Profiles in Excellence brochure featuring African American cuisine throughout history.

    About Stop & Shop

    The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company employs approximately 62,000 associates and operates nearly 400 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, New York, and New Jersey. The company helps support local communities fight hunger, combat childhood cancer and promote general health and wellness ? with emphasis on children's educational and support programs. In its commitment to be a sustainable company, Stop & Shop is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and EPA's Smart Way program; has been awarded LEED (EB) certifications for 50 of its existing stores; and has been recognized by the EPA for the superior energy management of its stores. Stop & Shop is an Ahold company. To learn more about Stop & Shop, visit

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