地址：P.O. Box 217
Talmage, CA 95481, USA
Students in elementary, middle, and high school are eligible to participate.
Choose one of the topics below and respond in an essay of 500 words or less. You may also respond in the form of poems, music, photography, or art (painting, sculpture, etc.). Be creative!
l. Read the following poem, based on an excerpt from the Book of Rites (an ancient Chinese classic)
Imagine an ideal world
Where everyone served society,
And society belonged to everyone;
The virtuous and able were chosen for office;
Fidelity and friendliness were valued by all;
People not only loved their own parents and children,
But loved the parents and children of others as well;
The elderly lived out their years in happiness;
Adults in their prime were productively employed;
Children were raised with love and reason;
Solitary elders and orphans, the handicapped and ailing were well cared for;
All men shared their social responsibilities;
All women had their respective roles;
Natural resources were used for the benefit of all, not for selfish ends;
People worked for the public good, not for private gain;
All crimes and intrigue disappeared;
Gates and doors were left unlocked;
No one ever thought of stealing;
That would be the age of the great commonwealth of peace and prosperity.
Give your reaction to the above description of an Utopia. Describe your own vision of a perfect society, and the steps that should be taken to achieve it.
2. How can we achieve world peace? Discuss the roles of family, education, and religion in this endeavor.
3. What is the purpose of life? (What do you consider to be meaningful life goals?)
Deadline for submission: March 15
Instilling Goodness Elementary School
Cherishing Youth Day Committee
2001 Talmage Road, Talmage, CA 95481-0217
Phone: (707) 468-3896 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Each participating student will receive a copy of a book in which all submissions are compiled. Participating students will receive a Certificate of Participation. Original works may be reclaimed upon request after Cherishing Youth Day (April 6) (Please send return postage and address)