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Contest for Grades 1 - 12


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Scholarship Committee of Cleveland, Ohio, is sponsoring a contest as part of a community activity celebrating the life, work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. You are invited to create a birthday card for Dr. King using the title “Happy Birthday Dr. King!”

The contest winners will receive three complimentary tickets to the Nineteenth Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Breakfast Celebration, which is scheduled for Monday, January 21, 2019. During the Celebration, the winners will be introduced to the Community, and each student will receive a scholarship and other prizes.

We hope that you will join us in this activity as we prepare to observe the National Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and celebrate the 90th anniversary of Dr. King’s birth. Thank you!

MLK Holiday Scholarship Committee


MLK Jr. Birthday Card Entry Form


Rubrics for Happy Birthday Dr. King Contest

Here are some samples of cards
made in past years




A birthday card in honor of the 90th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

8 1/2 x 11 inches The card may be folded.

First and last names – printed on the back of the card. Grade and full name of your school – printed on the back of the card. Ensure that the Title – “Happy 90th Birthday Dr. King!” is included on your card

An entry form must be enclosed with the birthday card. Please complete ALL information.

All birthday cards and entry forms must be postmarked no later than Friday, November 16, 2018.

Judging will be based on following the directions, and attractiveness, creativity, originality, and correct grammar usage, as well as, relevant, accurate and clear graphics (see Rubrics). The decision of the judges is final.

Lined paper, oversized entries, anonymous entries, cards created by more than one student, cards without entry forms, cards with entry forms glued or taped to the card, cards with words, and phrases or images that are vulgar or disrespectful

Grades 1 - 12

Please be sure to use enough postage for first class mail. The U.S. Postal Service will not deliver mail with insufficient postage. Multiple cards and entry forms may be placed in one envelope. The use of tracking service is strongly advised.

All cards are the property of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Scholarship Committee and will not be returned.

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