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Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) recently partnered with the Amity Turkish Cultural Center for their 2nd annual art and essay contest for middle and high school students. The contest aims to promote awareness, understanding and positive interactions among different cultures and communities. This year’s theme was “Empathy: Walking in Another’s Shoes.”

“It is vital to teach our students not only to read and write, but to welcome all societal and cultural characteristics different from our own,” said DCPS’ Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals.

DCPS provided teachers to assist in judging this year’s submissions along with professors from the University of North Florida and Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ). More than 500 students from six counties participated in the contest.

The award ceremony to announce the winners will be held Friday, January 14, at 7 p.m., at FSCJ South Campus in the Wilson Center for the Arts. A total of eight iPads and $2,200 in prizes will be awarded to the students who were selected as winners. Rebecca Barry, from Channel 4, will host the event and all students, parents, teachers, principals and professors who participated in the contest will attend.

Duval County Public Schools operates 172 schools and serves approximately 123,000 students. The school district is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that will inspire all students to acquire and use the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a global economy, and culturally diverse world.

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