Win Prizes Giving Advice To State Senators

HARRISBURG PA – Middle and high school students in the Pottsgrove, Pottstown, Spring-Ford Area, Perkiomen Valley, and Boyertown Area school districts are being asked to create videos that suggest how Pennsylvania can better support its agriculture industry. And because good ideas should be rewarded, the state Senate and the Rutter’s convenience store chain are offering a total of $10,000 in prizes for the best shows.

The statewide video contest is the third annual installment of “Talk To Your State Senator.” It’s open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6-12, including all public, private, and home school students.

This year’s competition encourages students to produce videos on how to ensure agriculture enjoys “a bright future in Pennsylvania.” Although agriculture is the state’s top industry, and a major part of state and local economies, the industry faces a variety of challenges based on market conditions and the number of farmers expected to retire during the next decade.

The contest remains open through Jan. 31, 2020. Submitted video entries should be no longer than three minutes, and promote the future of Pennsylvania farming. More information on the contest is available online, here. Videos will be judged based on creativity, content, and effectiveness of message delivery.

Winners will be announced in May 2020. A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded through the PA 529 college savings program administered by the state Department of Treasury. Prizes will be deposited into a college savings account in the winners’ names.

Previous editions of “Talk To Your State Senator” explored the impact of the heroin and opioid crisis, and generated ideas to help improve school safety.

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