Prompt for K-Grade 12

The following quotes are from Martin Luther King Jr.  Please see the following MLK grade guidelines and tell us what your thoughts and action would be for yourself from his quotes. How can his quotes aspire you to do something for the Morristown Community?

Grades  K-2 essay or drawn picture
1. “If you can’t fly then run, If you can’t run then walk, If you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward”.

Grades 3-5
2. “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

Grades 6-8
3. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?”

Grade 9-12
4. Everything in the world is interconnected. For example, unhealthy living anywhere leads to lower productivity and increased health care costs which affects your business, workplace, health insurance premium, government, etc. and, in turn, your health. So, if a part of the population does not have access to healthy food, opportunity to exercise and affordable healthcare, you eventually will be affected. A healthy society benefits everyone.


Length and style:
K-2 – May be submitted in words or pictures
Grades 3-5 – An essay between 150-200 words
Grades 6-8 – An essay between 250-350 words
Grades 9-12 – An essay not to exceed 500 words


Download Entry Form

The essay may be handwritten or produced on a computer in 12 pt font
Submitting the essays:  Individual essays should be accompanied by a separate but completed entry form, copy attached.  If submissions are coming from a class in school, we ask that teachers number each essay from the class and include entry forms with numbers which match the essays in a separate folder or envelope.
Copyright:  All essays become the property of MTFD which reserves the right to publish all essays.

Judging Criteria:

Download Grades K-2 Scoring Rubrics

Download Grades 3-12 Scoring Rubrics


A cash prize of $200 will be awarded to the winner in each age group. K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Winners and at least one adult family member will be expected to attend the Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast at First United Methodist Church at 9:00 am, to present his or her essay.

Deadline for Entries is January 8, 2024

Submit to Hamblen County School Board main front desk office
Others should mail to:  Morristown Task Force on Diversity, ℅ Morristown Task Force on Diversity, 230 Montrose Ave, Morristown, TN 37813
Essays with entry form information can be E-mailed to: