GREENWICH, CT -- Calling all poetic pupils! Bob Vetere, American Pet Products Association president and CEO, recently announced that the association's non-profit campaign, Pets Add Life (PAL), will be accepting submissions for the seventh annual Pets Add Life Children's Poetry Contest beginning Sept. 1, 2014 through Jan. 31, 2015. Students in grades 3-8th are encouraged to write unique poems about the joys and benefits of owning pets of all types for a chance at top prizes.

Participants can submit poems via PAL's Facebook page at, online at or mail final poems and submission forms to: Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST.

In addition, teachers within the contest grade levels are welcome to incorporate this national contest into their lesson plans and submit poems in one entry on behalf of their classroom.

One student from each grade level (6 total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a "by-line" in a nationally circulated publication or online outlet. Additionally, the six winning students' classrooms will each win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education or to support a classroom pet.

To learn more about the Pets Add Life Children's Poetry Contest, read previous winning poems, upload submissions, or download submission forms, visit or contact Brooke Gersich at 775.322.4022 or


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