Young writers wanted for contest

Young writers have until Dec. 19 to submit their essays to Olive Garden’s Pasta Tales writing contest.

Entries will be accepted from students in first through 12th-grade answering the question: “How would you use the Internet to change your community for the better?”

One grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 savings bond and a trip to New York City for dinner at the Times-Square Olive Garden.

A winner also will be chosen in each grade category and will receive a $500 savings bond and dinner at their local Olive Garden restaurant.

Olive Garden is accepting essays of 50 to 250 words. Entry forms and complete rules are available at and in all local Olive Garden restaurants.

All mailed entries must be postmarked by Dec. 19 and received by Jan. 2, 2009. Online entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 19.