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Hip-hop violinist Miri Ben-Ari to award 5 lucky students for tolerance


Hip-hop violinist and producer Miri Ben-Ari is putting her money where her mouth is. Her nonprofit, Gedenk, is teaming up with the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to encourage millions of children and rewarding a lucky handful of them with the Gedenk Award for Tolerance.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on this campaign,” Ben-Ari beamed. “It’s not easy to encourage young people to learn about atrocities such as the Holocaust, but this unique and creative approach has engaged them to embrace tolerance.”

Five winners will receive a medal in addition to a cash award of $1,000 for their writing or original art.

The campaign is open to any public, private, parochial or home-school student in grades 7–12 in the U.S. and Canada. Even students in an American school abroad can participate in the awards. Submissions are being accepted now through 2014 with deadlines varying slightly by region.

For more info and to submit work for consideration, click here.