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Contests for children and teens part of Marriage, Inc.’s Black Marriage Week 2013

Posted: Mar 01, 2013

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Children are an important consideration in marriage, and Marriage, Inc. is including a component especially for children and youth as part of this year’s Black Marriage Week celebrations.

Contests geared toward helping children and youth learn more about the wonderful benefits of marriage are:

Coloring Contest with the theme “Portrait of the Black Family” for elementary-aged children up to age 13 
Written Essay Contest with the theme “Why a Husband and Wife Are Important in the Home” for teens, ages 14 to 15
Video Essay Contest with the theme “What My Healthy Marriage Will Look Like” for teens 16 to 18

Entries are now being accepted, and the deadline for all contest entries is Sunday, March 10, 2013. For contest entry, rules, deadlines and prize information, go to http://marriageinc.org/bmw/youth-activities.html or call 815-939-5385.

Marriage, Inc. of Kankakee County — in cooperation with Wedded Bliss Foundation, Inc. — will present the 10th Annual Black Marriage Week observation, Sunday, March 17, through Friday, March 22, 2013, with the theme “Marriage Changes Things – for Good!” Find out more about the planned activities at http://marriageinc.org/bmw.

Marriage, Inc. and its affiliates will join supporters in hundreds of cities around the country to highlight the benefits of married life by promoting Black marriage in Kankakee County, Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

“Marriage, Inc. wholeheartedly embraces the Black Marriage Week Initiative across the nation,” said Beth Olney, co-director of Marriage, Inc. “Research repeatedly shows that where marriages are strong and plentiful, communities are healthy. Our citizens and families will benefit from this renewed emphasis on marriage.”

Since 2003, Black Marriage Day has been celebrated annually at locally sponsored events hosted by faith-based and community groups on the fourth Sunday of March. In 2011, marriage proponents participated in more than 300 cities nationwide. Marriage, Inc. is expanding this celebration to an entire week.
 

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