Contest is part of National Student Day to encourage volunteerism and social responsibility

In observance of National Student Day on Oct. 4, the Cougar Corner Bookstore is sponsoring an essay contest for students at Taft College. National Student Day was initiated by the National Association of College Stores (NACS) to encourage volunteerism and social responsibility.

"This is the first year that Taft College will participate," said Bill Norris, bookstore manager. "The students are excited about it because they can enter at a local level and then nationally for more prizes."

Students who would like to participate in the local essay contest must register at the Cougar Corner Bookstore, 515 Finley Drive, by Oct. 1.

Registrants will receive a free wrist bracelet when they sign up and have the opportunity to win the first place prize of an Amazon Kindle donated by Pearson Publishing.

Second and third place winners will each receive a computer bag with flash drive, headphones and mouse pad donated by HPI International and Manhattan Marketing.

Students will write on the subject of "Volunteerism and Social Responsibility in America Today" and turn in their essay by 5 p.m. on Oct. 4.

The essays will be judged on content and grammar by Taft College professors Kamala Carlson and Jessica Grimes, who have volunteered to help with the contest.

"I've had really good support from the campus and the faculty," Norris said. "And I've had three really great vendors come forward with prizes."

NACS serves more than 3,000 colleges, universities and K-12 schools around the world. For more information about the Cougar Corner Bookstore or about the National Student Day contest, visit the bookstore website at