Kroger Offers Students More than $67,000 in Prizes during Black History Month Contest
Grocer presents new School Leadership Award and Best in Show Award
In recognition of Black History Month, Kroger will focus on the historical heroes and encourage students to dream and achieve during Kroger’s sixth annual “I Can Make History” contest where students can win scholarships and other prizes totaling more than $67,000. The contest runs now through February 28 and is open to 4th through 12th grade students enrolled in Michigan schools. Students may access contest forms and details at www.icanmakehistory.com
Kroger’s “I Can Make History” contest includes categories for art, essay, music, and poetry, and students are eligible to submit one entry per category. Each entry must represent the contestant’s original work and will be judged by an independent organization. The winning students will be honored during Kroger’s annual I Can Make History Awards Luncheon held on Saturday, April 13 at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
“The ‘I Can Make History’ competition honors the countless African Americans who have significantly impacted the course of American History,” said Rick Going, president, The Kroger Co. of Michigan. “The competition not only reminds students of all races to consider various individuals’ contributions, but it encourages them to use their own talents and imaginations to identify ways they can help make their own communities better.”
For the first time, the competition will offer two new award categories. The school with the most winning entries in the combined categories will receive The School Leadership Award and $5,000. In addition, the student that receives the highest score among all four categories will receive the $3,000 Best in Show Scholarship.
Entries must be submitted to I Can Make History, c/o CBS Radio, 26495 American Drive, Southfield, MI 48034 by 5 p.m. Thursday, February 28. Entries can also be dropped off at any of the following remote locations:
- Friday, February 22, 5 – 7p.m.: Kroger store, 20903 Harper, Harper Woods
- Saturday, February 23, noon – 2 p.m.: Kroger store, 7000 Monroe, Taylor
- Sunday, February 24, noon – 2 p.m.: Kroger store, 5111 Highland Rd., Waterford
Student entries must address one of the following themes. Each submission will be judged on its originality, creativity and effectiveness in focusing on the selected theme.
- How are you and/or your community making history?
- What does Black History Month mean to me?
Art Contest: Works may include drawings (color pencil, crayon, charcoal, marker, etc.), paintings (oil, acrylic, watercolor), paper collages and/or photographs. Artwork is limited to no larger than 24” x 36” and must be mounted on foam poster board or another rigid surface. Students must submit a 75-word typed or clearly printed essay describing the work and theme.
Essay Contest: Entries may be up to 500 words and typed on 8 ½” x 11” paper.
Music Contest: All entries must be original works, with compositions a minimum of one minute and maximum of four minutes. Music must be submitted on a CD or as an MP3 file and may be a recorded performance of the original piece or a written work using music notation software. Entries should include a typed copy of the lyrics, if applicable. Music submissions submitted without lyrics should include a 75-word essay explaining or describing how their music relates to one of the themes
Poetry Contest: Poems are limited to a maximum of 30 lines and must be typed and submitted on 8 ½” x 11” paper.
How to enter
Contestants are required to complete “I Can Make History” application and authorization forms available at local Kroger stores, many Michigan schools and www.icanmakehistory.com. Authorization forms provide Kroger permission to promote winners to the media and display winning entries at various venues throughout the year.