Temple Mishkon Tephilo in Venice and Times in Education, are sponsoring the second annual Ira H. Lurvey Memorial Writing Competition for high school students in tenth, 11th, and 12th grades throughout the county.

Students are invited to write essays on the theme, “If you could start a charity, whom would it benefit and why?”

First-, second-, and third-prize winners will receive $500, $250, and $100 U.S. savings bonds.

“In today’s world, there are few opportunities for teens to be heard this way and rewarded for it,” says Lawrence Lurvey, organizing committee member of the Times in Education Writing Contest.

“Through this competition, we hope to encourage students to tackle other provocative questions,” said Lurvey.

Deadline for entries is Friday, April 1st.

Entries may be submitted by mail or e-mail to:

Joan Norman, Los Angeles Times, Times in Education Writing Contest, 202 W. 1st St., Floor B-1, Los Angeles 90012 or