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The 2018 MLB & Scholastic Breaking Barriers Essay Contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 9. This is a chance for students to submit an essay about barriers or obstacles they have faced or are currently facing in their lives and how they used the values exemplified by Jackie Robinson (citizenship, commitment, courage, determination, excellence, integrity, justice, persistence and teamwork) to deal with those challenges.

The program will recognize ten national winners in 2018, which will include two Grand Prize winners, two MVP winners and six All-Star Prize winners split between two separate grade groups (Grades 4-6 & Grades 7-9). All ten prize winners will receive a laptop computer and Breaking Barriers t-shirts and books for their class written by Sharon Robinson.

For more information and to submit an entry, please visit

Deadline: Wednesday, March 14, 2018.