March 22 deadline for Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales submissions

Online Staff Report

ORLANDO, Fla. — The deadline is approaching for Olive Garden’s 17th annual Pasta Tales essay writing contest, which asks students “How would you help end hunger in your community?”

From now through Friday, March 22, Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales contest gives students in first through 12th grade in the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) the opportunity to submit an essay of 50 to 250 words with their ideas for ending hunger in their local communities.

The grand-prize winner of the contest will receive a three-day family trip to New York City that includes dinner at the Olive Garden in Times Square and a $2,500 savings bond. In addition, Olive Garden will provide a $5,000 grant to bring the winner’s essay to life by supporting hunger initiatives in his or her local community. The winners in each of the 12 grade categories will be awarded a $500 savings bond and a family dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant.

Pasta Tales entry forms and complete rules are available on Olive Garden’s website at Entries must be postmarked by March 22 and sent to Pasta Tales, PMB 2000, 6278 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308-1916.

Submissions will be judged based on creativity, adherence to theme, organization, grammar, punctuation and spelling by the Quill and Scroll Society of the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Iowa, with winners selected by Olive Garden.

Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales essay contest provides students in local communities an outlet to creatively express the influences, experiences and stories that have shaped their lives.

Locally, Olive Garden is at 6367 E. State St., and can be reached at (815) 399-3176.

Posted March 13, 2013

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