---- — CONCORD — The New Hampshire Lottery and the New Hampshire Motor Speedway have partnered to launch the “Hero in Your Life” program, offering schoolchildren in New Hampshire a chance to win up to $2,500 for their school and tickets to the Sylvania 300 Nascar Sprint Cup series race on Sept. 22.
“We have invited schoolchildren in New Hampshire from kindergarten through sixth grade to write an essay that describes ‘A Hero in their Life,’” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery.
The hero can be anyone from a family member to a teacher to a member of the community who has impacted the student’s life in a meaningful way.
“We know that the start of the school year is a very busy time, and we don’t want to create additional work — but these essays can be very short and the top prize of $2,500 cash for the winning school and tickets to the race will be worth it,” McIntyre said.
The essays should be no more than 250 words and teachers are allowed to assist their students, if necessary.
The contest started Sept. 3. The deadline for receiving entries is noon Friday, Sept. 13. The winning entrant will be chosen at the New Hampshire Lottery headquarters in Concord.
The principal at the school of the winning student will be contacted ahead of time to schedule a “surprise” announcement to the students. The winner will receive a trip to the Speedway — in a limousine alongside his or her hero.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize our unsung heroes in education,” said Jerry Gappens, general manager at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. “From the children to the actual educators, their work is the foundation of our future. We’re proud to provide the largest sporting event in New England as a stage to showcase this program.”
Both the winner and the “hero” will each receive four tickets to the Sylvania 300 Nascar Sprint Cup Series race on Sept. 22.
The winning school will receive $2,500 and the winning class a prize of $500. Each member of the winning class will also receive two tickets to the race. In addition, there will be 10 runner-up prizes of $250 awarded.
“We hope that every eligible class in New Hampshire takes some time to write an essay and takes a chance at winning a great prize with us,” McIntyre said. “A hearty thanks to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for joining with us on this great program. Good luck to all the students out there.”
Interested classes should notify either Maura.firstname.lastname@example.org or TMarlin@nhms.com. Final submissions can be sent to TMarlin@nhms.com or Todd Marlin at NH Motor Speedway, 1122 New Hampshire 106, Loudon, 03307.