April 18, 2012 // Franchising.com // TEANECK, N.J. — Kumon has launched its first ever children’s poetry contest on Facebook. Students, 18 and under, across North America are invited to write an original poem in celebration of Earth Day. The six students whose poems receive the most votes win an all-expense-paid trip to New York City and a private lunch with Kumon North America’s president, Akira Hamanaka, at the company’s headquarters. Parents must submit their children’s original poetry beginning April 17 through May 4, 2012 at: www.facebook.com/kumon.
“Children are very perceptive of colors, sounds and feelings in nature. Kumon wants to encourage children to use their creativity and imagination to interpret the environment through poetry,” said vice president of Kumon University, Matthew Lupsha, who leads Kumon North America’s Green Initiative. “April is both National Poetry Month and the celebration of Earth Day, a perfect time to pause and appreciate nature.”
Poems must be 200 words or less, and can be written in any form. To participate, visit the Kumon Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kumon, click on the contest icon and share your child’s poem. To submit an entry for more than one child, additional entries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kumon will accept entries until May 4. Finalists will be selected on May 8, and fans can then vote for their favorites until May 18. One entry per child is allowed. For more information, official rules or to enter the Kumon Poetry Challenge, visit the official Kumon Facebook page.
Kumon is an after-school math and reading enrichment program that unlocks the potential of children so they can achieve more on their own. Founded in Japan in 1958, the learning method uses an individualized approach that helps children develop a solid command of math and reading skills. Through daily practice and mastery of materials, students increase confidence, improve concentration and develop better study skills. Kumon has 26,000 centers in 47 countries and more than 4 million students studying worldwide. The company’s North American headquarters is in Teaneck, N.J. Visit www.kumon.com to learn more.