Councilwoman Linda Barnes-Caldwell, 5th District announced on September 8, that her office would be sponsoring an Essay contest and an initiative for the property owners in her district. Both are aimed at improving neighborhoods in her district and ultimately throughout Gary.
The Essay contest is for students in the 5th through 12th grades who live in the 5th District and attend a school in the city of Gary, Indiana. To enter the contest students are asked to write a 4 or 5 paragraph paper on “How to Improve Their Neighborhood.” The essay must be typed and no more than one page in length when completed.
Students should submit their essay each month to Councilwoman Linda Barnes-Caldwell’s office at 401 Broadway, Suite 209, Gary, IN 46402. At the end of each month a $50.00 or two (2) $25.00 gift cards will be presented to the winning student(s). The contest starts this month, September 2016 and runs through April 2017.
Councilwoman Barnes-Caldwell hopes to bring about a lasting change in how the residents maintain property and community with this second component. The initiative is for the property owners in the district. Residents who live in the 5th District will be judged on how well their property is maintained. As an incentive to encourage greater participation by residents, a $50.00 gift card will be presented to one (1) family at the end of each month. Judging and awarding of gift cards will not start until next year from May through August 2017.
If you have more questions or need any additional information contact 5th District Councilwoman Linda Barnes-Caldwell at 219.881.1315.