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Stansted Airport challenges students to create content for holiday book

Aerozone at Stansted Airport (7630695)
Aerozone at Stansted Airport (7630695)

Stansted Airport’s education centre has launched a creative competition for schools on World Book Day.

The winning stories, poems and drawings will be published in a free book that will be handed out to some of the millions of children and young people travelling through the airport this summer.

The Aerozone, a purpose-built facility for school groups to learn more about the airport and aviation, is sending entry details for the writing and illustration competition directly to all primaries and secondaries within ten miles.

Primary and secondary children can enter one of three categories: short story (up to 500 words), poem (up to 200 words), or an illustration (A4-sized). Submissions should be on the themes of airports and aircraft, flight, travel, going abroad or working at an airport.

Each winning student will receive:

A special prize for the individual;

A full behind-the-scenes tour of Stansted Airport;

A box of books for their school class kindly donated by WH Smith;

A visit to the Aerozone, with friends and family;

An invitation to a VIP book launch event at the airport to hand out the first copies of the winners’ book.

Marcella M’Rabety, head of corporate social responsibility at London Stansted, said: “We want to encourage local students to let their imaginations run wild and share their best creative efforts with us and our young passengers. The competition allows us to further engage with the schools in our community and offers a unique chance for students to share their work with the millions of passengers who will travel from London Stansted on their summer holidays this year.”

The Aerozone has welcomed more than 12,000 children since it opened and offers a glimpse into how the airport works with talks from professions including security, pilots, engineers, firefighters and cabin crew, STEM activities and access to a special viewing platform right by the runway.

Details of the competition can be requested by emailing stn_communityrelations@stanstedairport.com. The closing date is April 8. Winners will be announced on May 6.

Book week at Stansted Airport (7630697)
Book week at Stansted Airport (7630697)

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