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.
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.
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