Each year during Black History Month, WBFF-TV in Baltimore, Md., gives students the opportunity to pay tribute to those fulfilling Martin Luther King’s dream. The "Champions of Courage Black History Month Essay Contest," now in its 22nd year, invites students in grades six through 12 to salute those making a difference in the world. Thousands of entries are received each year, from which 28 winners are selected. The station produces public service announcements featuring the winners reading their essays. A different tribute airs each day during the month; on its designated day, it runs a minimum of eight times. WBFF then hosts an awards ceremony for all the winning students, where schools of the top three finalists receive cash awards. In a letter of thanks to the station, Deborah Montgomery, principal of Corkran Middle School, wrote, "Your program is an outstanding example of education and community working together to create a better environment for our youth and their communities."
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