Essay Contest

Essay Contest: My COVID-19 Kindness Story

For Kids & Teens in Adams County, PA.


As you know, our libraries are full of wonderful stories. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many people have offered and experienced acts of kindness. We want to hear YOUR story!

Please consider entering our story contest!


Topic: My COVID-19 Kindness Story


There is one prize for each category.



Kindergarten – Grade 2:

Grades 3 – 5

Grades 6 – 8

Grades 9 – 12


Maximum words: 550

One entry per person.

Entries will be accepted in English and Spanish.


Three ways to submit your entry:

1.       Upload your story 

2.       Email your story to Please include the following in the subject line: My COVID-19 Kindness Story

3.       Mail a copy to 140 Baltimore Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325


You must include your name, grade, email or mailing address, phone number, and title of your story.


Deadline for submission: Saturday, August 15

Winners will be announced the week of August 24

Winners’ stories will be published on the official Adams County Library System’s website at


A submission signifies your permission and willingness for the Adams County Library System to publish your story on its website and share information through our social media.


Questions? Call Dawn Smith at 717.334.0163 or