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Students Invited to Celebrate Black History Month

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- City  students in sixth through twelfth grades are invited to enter the Field Library's Black History Month "A Living History" essay contest.

Participants are asked to choose an African-American that has inspired them and discuss in 250-300 words the person's contributions to this country and how they influenced their life.

Two winners will be chosen, one for grades six through nine and one for grades 10 through 12. Both winners will get two passes to the UA Cortlandt Stadium 11 Movie Theatre in the Cortlandt Town Center.

The idea is to get young people involved in the month-long study of Black History, according to Jennifer Daddio, the new young adult librarian at the Field Library.

"We wanted to have a contest to celebrate Black History Month and we were lucky enough to have tickets donated by the manager of the movie theater," Daddio said. "We wanted to do something that might inspire some of the students in our community."

Winners will be chosen based on essay content and form. Entries may be submitted via email to or in person at the reference desk. Include your name, age, grade and contact information on your submission.

The deadline to enter is Saturday, Feb. 18 and the winners will be announced before the end of the month.

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