City of Tonawanda

Immanuel Lutheran Church is sponsoring a student essay contest, “The Content of Your Character,” on anti-bullying themes such as the values of kindness and respect.

Cash prizes will be awarded in four grade groups: kindergarten through second grade; third through fifth; sixth through eighth; and ninth through twelfth. The contest is open to all students – not just those in Tonawanda.

The Rev. Andrew Abraham, pastor of the Scott Street church, developed the contest after hearing from Tonawanda City Schools Superintendent James Newton about the problem of bullying in schools.

Submissions will be accepted until March 7. Winners will be announced April 4 and an award presentation will be held April 27 at the church.

Students interested in entering the contest may visit or call contest coordinator Kathy Fretthold at 692-6200 for more information.

Also this week:

• The Common Council will meet on Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St. An informal session will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the formal session at 7 p.m.

• Staff from the office of State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-Buffalo, will hold satellite office hours from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 200 Niagara St.