Archive for Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bill of Rights contest seeks entries

November 8, 2007

High school students interested in the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship have an opportunity to add up to $5,000 to their savings accounts.

Nationally, cash prizes totaling more than $60,000 will be awarded to students and sponsoring teachers in the Bill of Rights Institute's annual essay contest.

The essay contest, sponsored by the nonprofit Bill of Rights Institute and supported by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, is open to high-school students in 19 states, including Kansas, and the District of Columbia. Winning essays will be announced next spring and will earn winning students and teachers in each of three regions cash prizes of up to $5,000 each.

The contest asks participating students to answer: "What civic value(s) do you believe are most essential to being an American, and how can you personally put those values into practice?"

Deadline for entries is Dec. 3.

More details on the "Being an American" essay contest, plus lesson plans for teachers, are available online at BeingAnAmerican.org.

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