To find out the role a home plays in a child’s life, Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors is asking Dallas-Fort Worth students in kindergarten through eighth grade to enter the national Coldwell Banker “My Home: The American Dream” contest.

Developed by Scholastic and Coldwell Banker, the contest asks students to explain, through images or words, how they make where they live home. Children who enter may choose to focus on one of the following subject cues: “How does your home fit into your version of the American Dream?” “What is your family’s heritage, and how do you celebrate it?” and “What have your parents, grandparents and other family members taught you about the meaning of home?”

Entries may be submitted in the form of a short film on DVD or VHS; a storyboard, comic book or series of photographs with text; or an essay accompanied by illustrations.

“This contest has really taught all of us at Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors that our hard work makes an impact in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” says Lori Arnold, president of the firm.

Three grand prize-winning students will receive $2,000 for excellence in creativity and innovation. Fifty finalists will be awarded $100 prizes. Also an additional category has been created and will award a $250 cash prize to the winning classroom. All entries must be postmarked by Dec. 7, 2007.

Full contest details and official rules will be published in the September 2007 issues of Instructor magazine and on and The contest is open to residents of the United States who currently attend kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as children in those age ranges who are home-schooled.

Coldwell Banker Apex Realtors can be reached at 972-613-3396, Ext. 107.