VFW sponsoring patriotic contests



FLINT TWP. — The VFW Chevrolet Motor Post 3087, G-4138 Corunna Road, has invited students and teachers at Carman-Ainsworth Schools and statewide to participate in one of three patriotic contests.

The VFW Patriot’s Pen essay contest is for students in grades 6-8. This year’s theme is “American’s Gift to My Generation.” open to grade students in public, private, parochial and home schools in the State of Michigan.

Each year more than 132,000 students in grades 6-8 nationwide enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest, according to contest rules posted on the national VFW website at www.vfw.org/PatriotsPen/?_ ga=2.84719581.551190353.1507010131- 1856056052.1507010131&_ gac=1.49082258.1507010131.-EAIaIQobChMI8ff2luLT1gIVBkSGCh3JTQlx EAAYASAAEgKWHvD_ BwE

First-place winners from each state will compete for national awards totaling $54,500, with each state winner receiving at least $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner will win $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views on the patriotic theme.

Essays must be typed or computer printed in English, on a single sheet of paper, with no added color or art. All entries must be sent to the VFW Post 3087 and received by October 31. For more information, contact the Post Commander, Stu Billey, at sbilley0l51@yahoo.com.

For students in grades 9-12, the VFW is sponsoring its Voice of Democracy scholarship contest. This year’s theme is “American History: Our Hope for the Future,” also open to students statewide.

Established in 1947, the Voice of Democracy is an audio-essay program that provides high school students with the opportunity to express themselves in a recorded essay. Each year, nearly 40,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program.

The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. Other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Submitted scripts must be recorded on full sized standard flash drive or CD on a single track without music or a background voice.

Entries are due by October 31 at the VFW Chevrolet Motor Post 3087.

The VFW also will recognize and honor the top Elementary (K-5), Junior High (6-8), and High School (9-12) teacher of the year, who teaches citizenship and education topics, and promotes America’s history, traditions, and institutions. Attributes considered will be the scope of the teaching on both the students and the community.

Fellow teachers, supervisors, or any other interested individual may submit nominations but self nominations will not be accepted. Nominating individuals must submit the nominated teacher’ name on a completed VFWTeacher Nomination Form along with a 350-word or less description of why the nominee should be selected. Submissions also are due by October 31 at VFW Chevrolet Motor Post 3087.

For more information, see: http:// www.carmanainsworthhappenings.com/ wp-content/uploads/2017/09/VFWTeacher of-the-Year.pdf


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