Optimist Club sponsors essay contest

The Optimist Club of Centre Wellington – Fergus is encouraging area students to contemplate the theme How my positive outlook benefits my community as part of the Optimist International essay contest for 2012.

The club will judge the local students’ essays, based on the theme and determine the top winners.

Those will receive awards and the winning essays will be sent to the district level. College scholarships are available for the top winners at the district level.

“Young students today have so many fresh ideas about the world and their future,” Centre Wellington-Fergus club president Bruce Woods said.

“As Optimists, it is our goal to encourage them and do what we can to bring out the best in each of them.

“This gives them a wonderful opportunity to tap into their creativity and pursue possible scholarships at the same time,” Woods said.

The Optimist Club of Centre Wellington-Fergus has been active in the community since 2005.

Other programs and service projects that the club is involved in include: Camp Quality (for kids with cancer), bicycle rodeo, free skating, Sports team sponsorship, the DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), and the local Santa Claus parades.

Students wishing to participate in the essay contest can find out more by contacting the club at 519-843-7201.

Carrying the motto Bringing Out the Best in Kids, the Optimists conduct positive service projects throughout the community. To learn more about Optimist International, visit the organization’s website at www.optimist.org.