LODI — Lodi Community Outreach, a program of Lodi Funeral Home, announces the first annual Memorial Day Youth Essay Contest. The contest is open to all San Joaquin County middle and high school students. The purpose of the contest is to create an educational awareness involving the young people in the San Joaquin County communities so that they can learn more about the true meaning of Memorial Day. The entry deadline is April 30.

A total of six prizes will be awarded; $500 to one middle and one high school first place winner; $200 to one middle and one high school first place runner-up, and $100 to one second place middle and one high school runner-up.

Winning essays will be announced during the Essay Contest Awards Ceremony which will take place at Lodi Funeral Home, located at 725 S. Fairmont Ave. in Lodi. Winning essays will be featured on the Lodi Funeral Home website, social media page and other related print and electronic media.

For more information, contact Community Outreach Coordinator, Esther Vargas at 209-369-3564.

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