Laws Of Life Essay Prompt

Welcome to Connecticut's Laws of Life Essay Program! The descriptions and links listed here are to help support a teacher’s choice to register their class(es) for this free character-education writing project. While SEE only administers this project for teachers and their students in Connecticut schools, we welcome those outside of Connecticut to use any of the resources provided on the site to administer their own writing project.
SEE is a non-sectarian 501(c)3 education organization that obtains meaningful financial support from public and foundation grants, fees for services, and gifts from those who support ethics in action. SEE is not affiliated with any religious organization and does not espouse or represent any specific religious belief.
Laws of Life concludes each year with an award program for the writers, their teachers and family at SEE’s spring Character Celebration.  Pictured above are the 2017 essay winners that attended the Celebration.

​Connecticut’s Laws of Life essay program offers a great opportunity for Connecticut students in grades 5–12 to think, reflect, and then write about their core values, principles and ideals that will guide them throughout their lives. Laws of Life is a student writing and character development project that supports writing practice for CT Mastery and CAPT testing. SEE has been administering this program free to schools since 2000 and over 50,000 Connecticut students have participated.

​To register for the 2017-2018 Laws of Life Essay Program Connecticut, click on the "Register Here" button in the right column and complete the form. 
Registration is due on January 30, 2018. 

To learn more about Laws of Life and different ways to integrate it into a classroom environment, please visit the "About" link.
​"Ethics in action creates character."
The "Laws of Life" program is a character building activity that helps young people focus on and develop positive character traits that lead to responsible citizenship and a successful life. It was initiated as a suggestion by members of the Naples Young President's Organization (YPO 49ers) who brought it before the City of Naples and the Collier County School District. Now sponsored by the City of Naples, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, the Southwest Florida 49er’s organization and the School District, the program is open to all student residents of Collier County who are enrolled in grades four through twelve. Over 3,000 students now annually compete for a variety of honors and scholarships in four grade level divisions.

Students initially write essays connected to an annual Character Education, Laws of Life theme. Participating public and private schools then send their top five essays to the district level for judging. The student essays are scored by a committee of readers and the top ten students in each division are then invited to participate in the speech phase of the competition. Once again a committee composed of community judges scores the presentations. The top four student finalists in each division are then invited, along with their parents and teacher to attend the annual banquet where the finalists are recognized and presented with their awards. The banquet is generally attended by the Mayor, members of City and County Government, and selected educational and community leaders. The winning students' presentations in each division are videotaped and can be seen on the School District website as well as on the Education Channel of local Cable TV. 

 

Helpful Links: 

 

2017-2018 Laws of Life Essay/Speech Competition Guide

 

Suggested Activities to Help Students Prepare  

 

2016 Laws of Life News Package 

 

2015 Laws of Life News Package 

 

2017 Banquet Program with Winning Essays 

 

2016 Banquet Program with Winning Essays

 

2015 Banquet Program with Winning Essays

 

2014 Banquet Program with Winning Essays 

 

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