DOVER -- The Norma Johnson Center (NJC) is hosting an essay contest open to upper elementary students in grades 3 to 5 and middle school grades 6 to 8.

Participants are asked to answer the following question in 150 words or less: "If you were given 300 acres and could do anything you wanted, what would you do and why?" All entries must be postmarked or received by March 1.

Entries must state the entrants name, school, school contact number, grade, teacher's name, shirt size, and home contact number. All entries become the property of the NJC. The NJC reserves the non-exclusive right to use all entries in publications or for promotional purposes.

Judges will select a first and second place winner, based on content and thought. The word limits are just that, limits. The essays do not have to meet that length.

Prizes will be awarded to the first two places in each age group. The first place winner will receive a $ 20 cash prize and second place, a $10 cash prize. All winners will receive a 2013 NJC family membership and a Norma Johnson Center T-shirt.

Contest winners will be announced March 8. All winners will be contacted by phone to make the final arrangements for the reading of the essay.

Entries can be submitted by mailing or by dropping off the essays to Marsha Zoller at the Norma Johnson Center, 2201-B Progress Street, Dover, OH 44622.

Questions concerning the contest can be directed to Zoller at 330-339-7976. A downloadable set of contest rules can be found at www.normajohnsoncenter.com website under "Events."