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Poetry contest aimed at children with military families

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Children of military families in Minnesota are being invited to enter Sen. Al Franken's second annual poetry contest.

The theme is "My Experience as a Military Child."

The contest is open to children in three age categories: kindergarten to sixth grade; seventh to ninth grades, and 10th to 12th grades. Children whose parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts, or uncles are either active military or military veterans are eligible.

The winners will be invited to attend a reception at the Democratic senator's St. Paul office. The winning poems will be framed and displayed in Franken's St. Paul or Washington, D.C., offices.

Franken says he wants to use the contest to recognize children of military members because they're also making a sacrifice.

Entries are due by April 10 2013. You can email them to poetry@franken.senate.gov or by mail to:

office of Sen. Al Franken
c/o ‘Poetry Contest'
60 Plato Boulevard East, Suite 220
St. Paul, MN 55107

Participants may submit only one entry, with a maximum word count of 250 words. Each entry must include the name of the military child, the parent/guardian's name, a phone number, and the name of the child's school. Please also clearly indicate participant's age category.

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