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What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Means to Me

From Left to Right:Antoine Destin, Regional Manager of Hormel Foods, Bill Breckenridge, principal of Stallings Elementary, John and Lisa Wheeler, parents of the recipient of the award, Nicole Zarella first grade teacher of Ben Wheeler. Ben Wheeler is the recipient of the "What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Means to Me" Writing Contest

Hormel Foods and the Hormel African American Resource Group (HAARG) conducted the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay contest. Stallings Elementary first grade students entered the contest. The goals of the contest were to promote Dr. King's legacy, encourage students to aim high, give them exposure to minority professionals in corporate America, and to create relationships with schools and Hormel Foods for future mentoring and support opportunities. The winner of the "What Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Means to Me contest was Benjamin Wheeler, in Ms. Zarella's first grade class. Mr. Antoine Destin, Regional Manager for Hormel Foods, came to Stallings Elementary school and presented Benjamin with $50, an award plaque, and his picture to be featured in Hormel communications. Benjamin's classmates also benefitted from his winning entry, his classroom received a pizza party and a donation of school supplies. 

 Click here to see the story published in the Hormel Internal Communications.

Group picture of first grade students that entered the Martin Luther King Writing Contest.
These students were the top 6 contestants for the contest. The order from left to right:
Lilly Mandeville from Mrs. Mulkeen's class
Riley Campbell from Ms. Zarella's class
Ben Wheeler from Ms. Zarella's class, Winner
Jane Conway Harris from Ms. Sain's class
Connor Babb from Ms. Wortha's class
Samantha Foppe from Mrs. MacTaggart's class



Written by: Janice Deane
Posted: Feb 16, 2012 by Janice Deane

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