Make your voice heard at I Love Mountains Day: Special youth essay contest!

Young People Love Mountains

Make your voice heard at I Love Mountains Day

Special youth essay contest!

We know that young Kentuckians care deeply about our mountains and mountain communities. This year, we want to make sure their voices are heard loud and clear at Kentuckians For The Commonwealth’s I Love Mountains Day at the state capitol. 

I Love Mountains Day 2012That is why we are asking young people to share their written thoughts and ideas for a brighter future for our mountains. And then they can help us deliver those ideas to everyone at I Love Mountains Day — and to our elected leaders in Frankfort!   

What is I Love Mountains Day: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth’s annual I Love Mountains Day draws more than 1,000 Kentuckians to the State Capitol in Frankfort each year. Concerned citizens of all ages come together to call attention to the scale of destruction created by mountain-top removal coal mining in Kentucky and the need to begin a just transition to a more diverse, sustainable, and thriving economy in the mountains. This year’s I Love Mountains Day will take place on Thursday, February 14. 

Essay Contest Topic:  “Why we need to protect our mountains and mountain communities”

Essay Contest Awards:  

One Grand Prize:  The top-winning essay author will be given the opportunity to read their essay from the podium during the 2013 I Love Mountains Day program. 

Category winners: Essays from each age category will be invited to join a special KFTC youth delegation that hand-delivers their essays to top lawmakers in the Kentucky House and Senate at I Love Mountains Day.  Each winning essay author will also receive a KFTC t-shirt of his or her choosing.

Eligibility:   Any youth, age 5 to 25, who lives in Kentucky is eligible.  We will select one winner in each of the following categories to hand-deliver their essay to lawmakers:

•Age 5 to 10

•Age 11 to 14

•Age 15 to 18

•Age 18 to 25

Ada SmithRules:  Essays must address the topic “Why we need to protect our mountains and mountain communities.” Essays should be no longer than 400 words.  

Deadline:  Essays must be submitted by Friday, February 1, 2013.

Where to submit essay:  Essays should be submitted either by mail to P.O. Box 463, Whitesburg, KY, 41851, or by email to Essays should include the author’s name, age, school, phone number, home address, and, if applicable, the author’s teacher’s name.

Spread the word:  Please pass along this announcement to anyone you know who may be interested!  

For more information, contact KFTC staff person Carissa Lenfert at 859-893-1147 or


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